Grow a Mo, Save a Bro

By Bhushan Salunke
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
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When it comes to charities or movements in health and well-being of women and children, there are hundreds of them in this crowded space, jostling for attention. But for men-related health awareness programs, there is only a handful.

Movember Australia is one such organisation which is filling this huge gap. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis, and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Here are some cold & grim facts about men’s health & well-being:

  • Globally, on average, 1 man dies by suicide every minute of the day. In 2017, in Australia, about 75% of people who died by suicide were males
  • Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in men in Australia. 1 in 6 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Globally, more than 1.3 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Across the country, there are more than 220,000 men living with and beyond the disease. Many are dealing with serious side effects from treatment. The number of deaths from prostate cancer in men is more than the numbers of deaths from breast cancer in women (For 2018: 3500 men, 3128 women)
  • Testicular cancer strikes young males. It’s the most common cancer in young Australian men
  • 75 males were killed in domestic homicide incidents between 2012-14. This equates to one death every 10 days.
  • The number of men who die of skin cancer is double that of women
  • The number of cancer deaths in men is larger than that for women (For 2018: Men 27,552; Women 21,034)

The Movember Foundation includes women in its campaign too, the Mo Sistas, so that women can show their support for the men in their lives, namely fathers, brothers, husbands, sons etc. The women don’t necessarily have to grow moustaches (LOL), instead they are encouraged to move (e.g. walk, workout) every single day of the month. This initiative encourages women to be more proactive about this cause and provides an opportunity to inspire their men to move too.

So, face it, grow a Mo and save a Bro.

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