Movember is the combination of "Mo" – for “moustache” – and "November". It is an annual event concerned with raising awareness on men’s health issues that include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide rates. The Movember charity event is run by The Movember Foundation whose aim is to “change the face of men's health” as well as to upsurge early cancer detection, diagnosis, and effective treatments in order reducing the number of preventable deaths.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting men, and it accounts for about 5 percent of all cancer deaths. Some sign to look out for include frequent urination and blood in the urine or the seminal fluid. As for testicular cancer, it is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of one or both testicles. Testicular cancer is most common among men aged between 20 to 35 years old. Its common symptoms include a painless swelling in either testicle or aches in the lower abdomen or groin area. It is recommended that men undergo a physical examination on an annual basis to test for either type of cancer.

I urge all male PU members to participate in Movember, grow their moustaches, and get people talking about the issue. As for the ladies, why don’t you encourage the men in your lives to grow their moustaches?

Now go ahead, gentlemen, and show us your handsome “MO’s”!

- Lara Dbouk
  Speech Therapy student

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