Monday, November 14, 2011

Movember PI: A Cause for the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

You might have been seeing and hearing about guys and mustaches more than usual this month. Even if you have a thing against facial hair (I don't know why anyone would, unless it were on a woman), this month's trend is something you ought to know about. It's called Movember, an initiative which was born out of the need to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Movember started back in 1999 when a group of guys from Adelaide, Australia thought of growing mustaches for charity. Since then, the Movember movement has spread across the world, and even the Philippines has joined in.
From the group's web site:
[Movember PI is] a moustache growing charity event held during November each year to raise funds and awareness for a good cause. Movember is a portmanteau of the words ‘moustache’ and ‘November‘. At the start of November guys register with a clean shaven face. The participants, known locally as Mo Barkadas, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo, raising money along the way to benefit men’s health – specifically prostate cancer or some local charity.
If you think about it, prostate cancer might be a delicate topic, but the dangers and fears are real as real can be. Since only men have the prostate gland, the fairer sex is in no danger of prostate cancer. However, that does not mean we should not participate in the Movember movement. If anything, we ought to give it our all out support. After all, we never know if/when this condition will hit close to home.

Why don't you take part in the Movember PI cause? You can help in different ways. Men can sign up and pledge to grow your mustaches. Women can wear fake ones! You can donate money, or you can simply help spread the word. Whatever thing you do to help further the cause will be much appreciated!

And for you guys who are Family Guy fans, here's a funny video about a prostate exam. Don't forget to look beyond the humor and realize the gravity of the issue!


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