The Movember Foundation started in Australia in 2003 when two friends decided to grow their moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer. The following year, the same group of friends repeated this initiative but decided to also raise money to support prostate cancer research by accepting donations. The campaign has since grown substantially into one of the most innovative not-for-profit organizations in the world.
The Movember campaign has gathered a following of nearly 6 million supporters who have collectively raised over $759 million across 21 countries since 2003! Today, the Movember Foundation funds numerous research initiatives focusing on men’s health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
In 2012, nearly 1.1 million men worldwide were living with prostate cancer. The good news is that prostate cancer can be detected before symptoms arise, through the use of various screening techniques:
- Blood sample to test the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. This is the most common technique. Depending on your age and family health history, a PSA test can be done around the 50-year-old mark.
- Digital rectal exam (DRE) where a doctor will place a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum to feel the prostate gland.
If either test shows abnormal results, further testing can be done to determine whether someone truly has prostate cancer, or whether the result may have been a false-positive.
Early detection of prostate cancer means you will have more time to consider treatment options. Early treatment for this type of cancer can help slow or stop the cancer before serious symptoms arise and before it becomes life-threatening. It could also mean less aggressive forms of treatment in your future.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about what screening option is best for you!