So November has arrived and again we see a number of friends and colleagues sporting (or trying to) a whole range of designer moustaches. The English, The Handlebar and The Imperial are all high in the popularity stakes but why do people actually get involved with Movember? The Movember Foundation are a global charity raising funds and awareness to stop men dying too young. They want to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives through investing in three key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
It is simple; they do it to have a little fun whilst raising money for a charity who are dedicated to raising awareness and investing in vital research predominantly in three key men’s health areas
Three key area’s highlighted by the Movember Foundation are:
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Mental Health and Suicide prevention
The Movember Foundation confirm that in 2016, people involved with their charity helped them to raise a staggering £6.9 million. This funding has helped with 1,200 innovative men’s health projects across 21 countries.
Statistics show that the state of men’s health is in crisis with men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates are estimated to double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
From its humble beginnings in 2003 in Australia the Movember movement has grown dramatically. It now operates on a global scale. Currently they have support from over 5 million people worldwide.
The above information has been sourced from https://uk.movember.com/ and you can find out a whole lot more about the foundation and how you can donate/ fund-raise to help them continue with their revolutionary ideas.
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