Posted: Nov 17 2011
We are now into the third week of November, and unless you haven’t left the house in the past two weeks, you’ve probably noticed an abnormal number of men sporting a facial motif a la Tom Selleck circa 1984. After a short investigation, I found that this bizarre trend is not just a fortuitous fashion statement. In fact, the prevailing mustache pandemic (aka MOVEMBER) is serving to raise awareness about men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men. A MANifesto, if you will, in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
The genius behind the campaign is that each mustache-bearing man serves as a walking billboard for the cause. The goal is to create a dialogue about men’s health issues that may have otherwise been kept private, and in doing so, encourage men to feel more comfortable coming forward with their health concerns. The hope is that ultimately this will help increase early detection and effectively reduce the number of cancer-related deaths in men. That’s pretty damn impressive for a little patch of facial hair, if you ask me.
The FACTS · One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. · One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. · Testicular cancer is the most common form or cancer amongst American males between the ages of 15 and 34. · Men can get breast cancer. · Smoking causes 90% of lung cancer death in men. · Men are less likely than women to go to the doctor when they have a health concern. · Only one in eight men who suffer from mental illness seek help. · The average life expectancy for men is five years less than women. ·
Thanks to Movember, the style of facial hair that was once reserved for English professors and the seedy bowling ally set has successfully infiltrated our every-day lives (or at least for the 30 days of November). Now it’s up to us to use it as a catalyst for discussion about men’s health.
Want to help raise awareness about men’s health but not ready to ditch your razor? You can show your support for Movember by donating to the Built For Man Team. Click the link to your favorite BFM team member’s MoSpace to make a donation. All donations will directly benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and the Movember Foundation.
Introducing the Built For Man Movember Team
Team Leader: Francisco Hernandez
Built For Man Creative Director
MoSpace Page: http://mobro.co/BuiltForManFrancisco
Singer/Song Writer and avid Built For Man scarf wearer
MoSpace Page: http://mobro.co/andrewvaitstache
Built For Man Model
MoSpace Page: http://mobro.co/builtmancorey
Contributed by M. Humphrey