Movember aka No Shave November is here. That’s an extra 10 minutes in bed every morning!
A bit of extra sleep is not the only reason to sign up for this great cause. It’s also good fun and a way to highlight important issues in men’s health. Here is a quick guide to the event.
Warning there are some scary pictures ahead…and not just of me this time.
What is Movember?
Movember started as a bet between friends in a bar in Melbourne, Australia to see who could grow the best moustache (also known as a ‘MO’ or ‘tache’) over the course of a month. They decided to help out a charity with their efforts and that chat over a pint has become a global initiative which last year saw, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world sign up, raising $126.3 million for cancer charities.
The annual Movember event, where participants (Mo Bros) are sponsored to not shave for a month, aims to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. It focuses on changing established habits and attitudes men have about their health, educating men about the health risks they face, and acting on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
MOre Movember Facts
You know I love my stats so here goes…
• 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK – one man is diagnosed every 15 minutes
• A man will die from prostate cancer every hour – more than 10,000 men will die of the disease this year in the UK
• African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer
• You are 2.5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer if your father or brother has had it
• Occurrences of prostate cancer in men are comparable to the rates of breast cancer in women
• 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009
• 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years
Although the campaign is light hearted there is nothing funny about people dying of embarrassment or ignorance. There are details on the Movember site about the conditions highlighted and even a guide to how to do a quick monthly self check. So time to ‘man up’ men.
How do I get involved with Movember?
You can register at www.movember.com at any point in the month and help this great cause reach it goals. Participate or donate its up to you.
Scared to give it a try? Not everyone ends up looking like an escaped convict (or worse!) you can aim to achieve some really cool designs if your face is up to it.
Like David Jackson, Nottingham Rugby legend and fellow www.livingrugby.com blogger who is going for the Full Batman this year. Nice.
Here are a few reasons to get involved with Movember
Movember is becoming a rugby tradition
Rugby players are by nature a hairy bunch and they embrace Movember every year in large numbers. This year the Wallabies flew to Europe on a plane with a ‘Mo’ and many of the squad will be taking part. All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw has signed up as have 10 of the England Squad at last count.
Scotland and Ireland also have players who will look a little different during the coming friendly internationals such as Kelly Brown, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy. Cian in particular as made a fine start on his MO, has blinged his phone and is about to set about pimping his ride. MOre power to him!
USA Eagle Todd Clever who confirmed on Twitter he will be growing a Mo for the month will have his tache on show in matches against Russia and Tonga in Wales as part of The Eagles European Tour before heading to Bucharest to face Romania. It’s pretty cold there this time of year so some face fuzz will be practical as well as charitable.
Todd is well known for his hair but from this shot of him with his brother there is a serious amount of potential for Clever to rank highly in the MOst Impressive Tache come November 30th.
Scary assortment. I did warn you (top left to rights) Jamie Heaslip, Mouritz Botha, Geordan Murphy, Toby Flood, (below) Chris Cusiter, Jordan Crane, Johne Murphy, and finally surely the most impressive tache in rugby Adam Kleeburger.
If I let things go after a couple of days things tend to get a little hairy so I have in my time sported a beard or two.
Most recently myself and some of the coaches of the U20s made a pact not to shave during the Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament. There was a mixed response on Facebook and Twitter to our efforts but I have to say I grew quite fond of mine. Not so much I kept it mind!
Movember can help someone you know
The Irish Rugby contingent taking part in Movember this year counts my friend Johne Murphy of Munster amongst their numbers who’s father was successfully treated for prostate cancer last year.
He was diagnosed as a result of reading about the blood test they now use to detect the disease and getting tested regularly. He is a living example that early detection helped save a life. Read the full article here
Unfortunately we all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Some simple checks and tests can help to keep those special people in our lives and that is the real message behind the Movember face furniture.
What MOre incentive do you need?
Movember’s motto – Knowledge is Power, Moustache is king! Why not tell someone about Movember, give yourself a quick check or register now at www.movember.com and let your Mo Grow!
Gavin Hickie, USA Rugby U20s Forwards Coach, is a former Ireland A & 7s, Leinster and Leicester rugby player now based in California and taking rugby to the USA. He writes for RugbyMag.com and other publications when not coaching for Belmont Shore and blogging on lineoutcoach.com