Movember is here! Find out why November is a month for men’s health

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Movember is here! Find out why November is a month for men’s health

November 24, 2020

Each year, the Movember organization invites men all around the world to grow their moustache throughout the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer.

From November 1 to 30, men are asked to abandon their razors for a good cause: the annual Movember event. “Movember” is a contraction of “Mo” (an Australian-English abbreviation for moustache) and “November”. By leaving their upper lip alone and letting their moustache grow for the whole month, men everywhere in the world can draw attention to men’s health.

What is the purpose of Movember?

The moustache-growing event is meant to incite family, friends and co-workers to inquire about the reasons for the new facial hair. This creates an opportunity for the new moustache-wearing “bros” to talk about men’s health issues and the importance of donating to support research.

Since the organization was founded in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, more than 5.2 million “Mo Bros” have raised nearly €650 million and funded approximately 1,250 research projects, mostly focused on treating prostate cancer.

How many cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year?

Prostate cancer accounts for about one-fourth of new cancers diagnosed in men in France.
It is the most common form of cancer affecting men in France, with more than 50,000 new cases diagnosed in 2018, followed by lung cancer (31,000 new cases in 2018) and colorectal cancer (23,000 new cases in 2018). Prostate cancer is also the third deadliest cancer for men in France, causing 8,000 deaths each year, after lung cancer (23,000 deaths) and colorectal cancer (9,000 deaths).
The Movember organization and event spreads awareness of men’s health issues and emphasizes the need to better inform about cancer screening and treatment. France first took part in Movember in 2012. The event is especially relevant in France, where the incidence of prostate cancer is high.

(1) According to a report published by Santé publique France, the French national public health agency, on July 5, 2019, based on data provided by Francim (the French network of cancer registries), with the support of INCa, the French national cancer institute, and the Hospices civils de Lyon (HCL) university hospital.

(2) https://www.santepubliquefrance.fr/maladies-et-traumatismes/cancers/cancer-du-sein/documents/rapport-synthese/estimations-nationales-de-l-incidence-et-de-la-mortalite-par-cancer-en-france-metropolitaine-entre-1990-et-2018-volume-1-tumeurs-solides-etud

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