It really is sort of sad that breast cancer awareness and fundraising is so high in the spotlight but men’s health issues are hidden in the shadows. It’s cool to talk about boobs, but not so cool to talk about balls and assholes. Hence you see the money-printing machine that is Breast Cancer Awareness versus small peeps about prostate or testicular cancer unless you’ve had someone contract or deal with a scare. I’m not going to bash breast cancer awareness and research (I’ll leave that to others like Keoni who make good points) since my mom had a lump removed this year and H0lly is high risk (and had a scare a couple years back at age 35). But what I want to do is bring men’s health to the forefront and to raise some funds for research and education. I’m doing that by growing a mustache (hence “Mo for Moustache” MoVember).
Now I am, what they call, follically challenged. I can’t grow a beard (sucks) but can grow a weak mustache, chin music and soul patch. For vacation this summer, I didn’t shave for 10 days, and have the pictures to prove I can at least grow a mustache if needed (though I look like a 10th grade creeper).
Men’s issues are not as cute, so many don’t realize prostate cancer hits so many, and compares pretty close to breast cancer. From this Daily Caller article:
According to estimates from the National Institutes of Health, in the United States in 2010, 207,090 women and 1,970 men will get new cases of breast cancer, while 39,840 women and 390 men will likely die from the disease. The estimated new cases of prostate cancer this year — all affecting men — is 217,730, while it is predicted 32,050 will die from the disease.
So more men get prostate cancer compared to breast cancer, though breast cancer has a higher mortality rate. According to the same article, it is estimated that fiscal year 2010 had breast cancer research getting $891 million and prostate cancer research receiving $399 million; over a 2:1 discrepency.
The NY Times had similar blogs/articles about this discrepency: Cancer Funding – Does it Add Up?
Among the big cancers, breast cancer receives the most funding per new case, $2,596 — and by far the most money relative to each death, $13,452. Notably, prostate cancer, the most common cancer, receives the least funding per new case at just $1,318.
The MoVember Foundation has raised over $147 million in supporting men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, in both raising awareness as well as financially supporting research. The MoVember Foundation is a charity (a registered, tax exempt Section 501(c)(3) charity) and you can get receipts for tax purposes if you’d like.
Mustache’s are handsome and stylish. For many of us clean-shaven folks though, growing a mustache is a conversational starter, and one that we can use to talk about men’s health issues and use as a springboard for fundraising efforts.
The rules are simple:
- Once registered (more on this below), we start the month of November with a clean-shaven face
- For the entire month of Movember, you must grow and groom your moustache
- There is to be no joining of the moustache to the side burns, that’s called a beard
- There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin, that’s called a goatee
- Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman
If you’d like to participate, please sign up by Halloween and get registered.
Feel free to explore the website http://us.movember.com/?home , which has various information on distributions, annual reports, methods to get involved and so forth.
If you’d like to donate, or collect check donations, you can do so in several ways:
1) Please make checks payable to Movember and send to the address below, or collect the checks yourself and send to the address below. Be sure to include a note with the name and registration number of the registered participant that the donation is for.
PO Box 1595
Culver City, CA 90232
Please indicate if you require a receipt. Please note that to speed up the process and save in postage costs, email is the preferred and most efficient method for sending receipts.
2) Through the MoVember website by credit card or paypal
And lest the women in our lives and in the Red Pill Universe feel left out, you too may participate with a system they call Mo Sista’s http://us.movember.com/get-involved/mo-sistas/ Mo Sistas stand for change, same as Mo Bros. While not expected to grow a moustache, Mo Sistas can lead by example in other ways, including REGISTERING on Movember.com and actively enlisting the men in their lives to join Gen Mo and to become involved in their own HEALTH. To find out more about how Mo Sistas can get involved, click the website above.
So wear your mustache with pride and embrace the porn or cop ‘stache, it’s for a good cause.