In most countries worldwide, men can expect to live six years less on average than women. The Movember movement, over and above its commitment to prostate cancer research, also seeks to understand and fight other health problems that lower men’s life expectancy.
Movember’s three main causes
The Movember Foundation collects donations it puts towards three main health problems that impact men’s lives:
- Prostate cancer, which tends to affect older men
- Testicular cancer, which affects mostly younger men
- Mental health and suicide prevention
Growing a moustache: a November tradition
Once again this year, men are urged to grow a moustache in November and help raise funds.
The money raised serves to fund research into prostate and testicular cancer treatment, as well as national and local initiatives that seek to improve the quality of life of men fighting these cancers.
60 km for suicide prevention
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every minute, a man somewhere in the world commits suicide. In Canada alone, each year approximately 3,000 men take their own lives.
Movember encourages men—and women—to run or walk 60 km for the 60 men who are lost to suicide every hour worldwide.
Participants can choose how they wish to cover the 60 km—with an indoor or outdoor activity, in one day or over the course of several days, solo or in a group. It’s up to you. The main thing is to make your friends, colleagues, and family aware of the cause and ask them to back you with a donation.
Host a Mo-ment
Not the sporty type? No problem! Why not organize your very own Mo-ment? Get your friends or colleagues together for a fun event, and take the opportunity to collect donations.
For more information about Movember or to make a donation, go to ca.movember.com