With one week until November, the 14th annual Movember campaign is set to launch across Canada to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.
“Movember is the leading charity dedicated to changing the face of men’s health,” Mike Milloy, a member of the Movember Halifax committee, tells NEWS 95.7’s The Todd Veinotte Show. “It’s a month-long campaign that puts the focus on men’s health issues which are prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. So, some fairly lofty goals there to bring awareness to those issues and raise funds to support men and their families.”
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men and is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada. It estimates that in 2020, 23,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,200 men will die from the cancer.
The Canadian Cancer Society also estimates that this year, 1,150 Canadian men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer while 35 will die from it.
Even though Movember’s focus is on men’s health, anyone can participate in the month-long campaign. People can participate by growing a moustache to spark conversations and raise awareness, donating to the charity or hosting an event such as a trivia night.
“We’re certainly not limiting any participation in Movember to people that can or cannot grow moustaches,” he says.
Milloy says the money goes towards advancing the detection and treatment of prostate cancer and testicular cancer; programs for mental health like suicide prevention and depression; and survivor programs.
People can also sign up for Movember’s movement campaign which encourages people to run or walk 60 kilometres for the 60 men who die by suicide every hour across the world.
Statistics from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows that around 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year; around 75 per cent of those are men.
People interested in supporting Movember can visit its website for more information on participating and donating.