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article imageMovember aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer

By Kevin Jess     Nov 16, 2010 in Health
Slang for moustache, the 'Mo' and November unite each year to challenge men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. They are reminding men that it is not too late to register.
Started in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown into an international movement to bring back the moustache as a bit of a joke and also to raise awareness of men's health issues, in particular prostate cancer, says the group's website.
Since then the Movember moustache movement has grown year after year, expanding to Canada, the US, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland. The movement has raised over $100 million dollars for prostate cancer research.
In 2009 Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas came together for Movember and raised $7.8 million dollars, second only to Australia, for Prostate Cancer Canada.
Companies are also getting involved. This year 1-800-GOT-JUNK, the world's largest junk removal company is vying to become the world's largest Movember team.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder and CEO, Brian Scudamore said in a press release, “It’s a fitting initiative for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as our company is comprised mostly of men; statistically speaking, 250 of us will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in our lives.”
The company has hundreds of staff and truck team members in three countries now sporting moustaches and has produced a music video trying to get out the message to "Get your junk checked."
Today marks a huge milestone for Movember. The one millionth Mo Bro registration came from Andrew Braskic from Perth, Australia.
Each year 25,000 men in Canada are diagnosed with the disease.
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