Photo Credit: Jim Higley
iVillage iVoice Jim Higley kicks off our month-long campaign to support the “Movember” movement. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
I don't have a prostate. And, I consider myself lucky.
Every year over 30,000 guys in our country lose their lives to prostate cancer. And, a growing number of them are young men. Were it not for a PSA blood test taken by mistake, a sharp doctor, and a lot of good luck, I would have been one of those 30,000 a few years ago.
Funny thing, this prostate cancer. It can take up glandular housekeeping and live quietly while it starts to annex itself into the rest of your body. Often, by the time you have symptoms, it's not good.
That's why I'm lucky. And, that's why I care passionately about prostate cancer.
Today is November 1, the first day of "Movember." It's a month when guys support guys by talking about men's health issues- prostate cancer being at the top of the list. It's a month for guys to become “Mo Bros” and kick each other in the ass and say, "Why the hell don't you take care of yourself, man?" It's our version of the Pink Ribbon Month and a chance to put the spotlight on our health.
One of the ways to do this is to grow a "Mo" (slang for "Mustache") during the month of November. In doing so, men become a walking billboard for brothers everywhere. And there’s plenty of ways for women -- our “Mo Sistas” -- to get involved. You can learn more at the Movember website or check out this fun video which includes fun Mo Sista information!
Stay tuned for more, er, mo information right here on iVillage. We’ll provide on-going information on important health issues, keep you informed on all the great things happening with Movember, and introduce you to many great people along the way.
Our goal is simple. We want you to have all the tools and information you need to take care of all the guys in your life.
In the meantime, it's day one and I'm officially clean shaven - along with about a half million of my closest friends. Us guys are starting to figure this stuff out.
It's cool to take care of each other.