Movember has officially begun, and it's that time of year again where Kiwi men ditch a cleanly shaven face in order to grow a moustache in order to help raise awareness around the importance of men’s health.
The month of November encourages Kiwi men to 'grow a mo to save a bro', with every moustache making a difference, whether it’s a glossy Magnum or a stylish pencil ‘tashe’. Every moustache grown can help inspire donation and conversations around prostate, testicular and male mental health.
Women can also get involved in helping raise awareness for the cause, by becoming 'Mo Sista’s' and in MOVE which involves getting physically active to raise further funds. Mo Sista’s can support their men through any type of movement, whether that’s going for a daily run during the month of November or participating in a new sport or activity. Anyone, anywhere can go the distance to support men’s health.
Robert Dunne, Movember’s New Zealand Country Manager, says every bit of support helps stop men from suffering in silence.
“When it comes to their health, too many men don't talk, don't take action and die too young. If we don’t act – this won’t change. The programs and projects Movember fund and deliver are aimed at helping build a society where men are living long quality lives as they are socially connected, physically active and actively engaged in discussing their health, so it is important that we continue fight the fight and show ongoing support for the cause.”
Across the world, men die on average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Here are some pretty concerning statistics:
- When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98 per cent. Find it late, and those survival rates drop below 26 per cent. While testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting young Kiwi men aged 15-35, it is a highly treatable cancer and can be effectively treated, and often cured, if diagnosed early.
- Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year - that is one man taking his own life, every minute of every day.
To register or show your support for Movember this year, visit nz.movember.com