Monday, November 17, 2008

"Movember" Hullabaloo

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I'm constantly on the hunt for legitimate reasons not to shave, and the month of November finally came through! My co-worker Sean has for several years been involved with a worldwide group that encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness and money for Prostrate Cancer research.

Like women have designated October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, so have the men-folk of our good land adopted the month formerly known as November as National Prostrate Cancer Awareness month. It is in that spirit that we grow facial hair, despite the oft-heard protestations of our women. I'm growing a moustache and "bringin' the Mo back" because people I know and love have struggled with prostrate cancer.

All the guys at work are "representing" and it's fun to see the groans as each day we look cheesier. To learn more about Movember, go to their U.S.A. web site.

To donate to my Mo, simply go here and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account. You'll be glad you did!
The money raised by Movember is donated directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation which will use the funds for high-impact research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Here are some other facts:
  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the US with one in six American men developing the disease and more than 28,000 men dying of the disease every year.
  • African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease and should have regular annual testing starting at 45. All other men should commence testing at 50.
  • Prostate cancer is 90% curable if detected and treated early.
The only big downside? Going without a kiss from my bride for... well, 17 days as I type this. Ouch!

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