There’s been a lot of talk about Movember in the Twitter town of Vancouver. You may have noticed hoards of men walking around with decorated upper lips. Whether it’s scruffy, blonde, black, bushy or sparse, the mo’ is very hot right now!
The History of Movember
I didn’t know the full history behind Movember, until I read @miss604 ‘s very detailed blog post. I highly recommend that you give it a read. Good stuff! I’ll give you the cliff notes version.
In 2003, two Australian men thought it would be fun to grow and keep mo’s for a month. Despite getting flack from their wives and bosses, they loved the idea and wanted to make it a tradition. It turns out, two of the guy’s dads had prostate cancer at the time. After doing some digging, they noticed a gap in research and awareness. The next year they recruited 450 bros to grow mo’s and raise money for prostate cancer – Movember was born!
Have you checked your prostate lately? Will you?
19,000 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. With proper screening, prostate cancer can be treated before it’s too late. While I’m a big fan of the mustache myself, Movember isn’t just about facial hair. It’s about shining light on a form of cancer that hasn’t received much attention in the past. Movember men, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Have you gotten your prostate checked lately? If not, will you? Ladies, will you encourage the Movember men in your life to get checked? Please answer this question by posting a comment below. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
Just For Fun
To commemorate Movember, I worked with Derek Strokon (@insurevancouver) , Greg Meeres and Kevin Friesen (@boldfishmedia) , and Alejandra Anderson (@beyondyouandme) to put together a video. Take a look for a good laugh. But it’s not all fun and games. Don’t die of embarrassment, Movember men. Get your prostate checked! Especially those of you who are over 40 (I’m not naming names).
Vote for Us?
We love a good old fashioned competition, so we entered our video into the @memelabs Movember video contest. If you like it, click on “vote” in the bottom right hand corner of the video. Until next time, happy Movember!
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