Monday, November 1, 2010

November Brings Annual Movember Charity Event: Prostate Cancer Awareness

It’s that time of year-Movember! Movember is an international charity event to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common form of cancer in men in the USA. Their latest estimates (2010) are that “about 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and about 32,050 men will die of prostate cancer.”

To participate in Movember, males start with no mustache (if they have one, it must be shaved off before they can begin the challenge) and through the month they grow a mustache. Many causes have ribbons, but for Movember, the ribbon is the mustache grown by each participant, and what a beautiful ribbon it is!

Funds are raised by individuals, teams and for the cause in general. In 2009, more than $42 million (US dollar equivalent) was raised by participants world wide. Monies raised go to support two beneficiaries: the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.

Official events and parties are posted on the official Movember website so participants can interact and help spread the word to the public. Prizes are awarded, primarily based on funds raised. However, one prize is awarded to the individual who creates the best Mo Space page.

For information about the USA Movember event, click here. International participants, please click here to select your region. Be sure to check out the News section for the rules and fun stuff such as an iPhone app to track your progress.

Participating in Movember? Share your story, Mo Page link and photo journal of your progress here. Good luck to all who participate.

The Greek Goddess of Men’s Facial Hair is a proud supporter of Movember.

Image Credit: Movember Foundation. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

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