A ‘hairy ribbon’ for men’s health

2017-11-01 06:00

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MOVEMBER is the hairiest month of the year as moustache season opened officially on Movember 1. Throughout the world the theme is “be a difference to a man’s life’’ to create awareness about men’s health to help them live happier, healthier and longer.

Every Movember a moustache is a hairy ribbon in the fight for men’s health,

During the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world will be rallying to raise funds and awareness for the often ignored issues surrounding men’s health.

“Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. We have to make a stand and stop men dying too young, before their time,” says Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under licence from the Movember Foundation.

The Movember Foundation is the leading global men’s health charity, funding over 1 200 men’s health projects in 21 countries worldwide – focused on men’s health initiatives, suicide prevention and testicular and prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50 years, while three quarters of suicides are men – it is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year olds. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

According to the World Health Organisation close to

800 000 people die due to suicide every year.

In South Africa, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, while male suicide accounts for approximately 18 deaths a day.

Currently, men in South Africa have a life expectancy that is seven years shorter than that of women.

Mo Bros are encouraged to start growing right now for the whole month and to raise funds for the men who need it most.

Mo Sistas are urged to make a difference in the lives of the Mo Bros in their life - adopt a Mo Bro in the office, help organise the teams, auction off their moustaches, or get a little creative and organise an event - anything to attract attention and raise funds while having fun.

Sign up as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista. Grow a Mo. Support a Bro. Mo Bros dedicate your moustache to someone who has been impacted by cancer, or even auction off your moustache to the highest bidder

For more information, visit www.za.movember.com to download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

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