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Shaving For A Good Cause [VIDEO]

Tuesday kicked off the month of November and a number of men got together and shaved off their mustaches to kick off the month of Movember.

Movember is the annual, world-wide charity movement dedicated to changing the face of men’s health- all through the power of the moustache. Men start clean-shaven on Movember 1st, then grow their moustache for 30 days while raising funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically cancer affecting men in the US. To get the Casper men ready, the Cancer Resource Center put together a gathering at the University of Wyoming Family Practice Center and enlisted the help of Kirby Morris and his students from The Hair Center to shave the willing participants including our own Brian Scott.

Since it’s humble beginning in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, Movember has grown into a global movement, with more than a 1.1 million participants raising $174 M USD to date. In the US, Movember raises funds for our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. To make a donation click here.

Movember’s primary campaign objective is to raise awareness around men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men. We want everyone to know that most cancers are highly curable if caught in the early stages- including prostate and testicular cancer.  Movember aims to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, as this will ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer. 

It’s time men face some startling health facts:

-    In 2011, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
-    In 2011, more than 33,000 men will die from prostate cancer
-    One new prostate cancer case occurs every 2.2 minutes
-    A man dies from prostate cancer every 15.6 minutes
-    Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men
-    The incidence rates are significantly higher in African American men
-    Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men
-    97% of prostate cancer cases occur in men age 50 and older
-    1 in 6 men will be diagnosed
-    1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, 1 in 3 women will be.
-    1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
-    48% of testicular cancer cases occur in men between the ages of 20 and 34.
-    1 in 271 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer during their lifetime.
-    Men commit suicide four times as often as women.
-    An estimated 8.7 million adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes- and a third do not know it.
-    Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
-    Approximately 50 million men and women in the US have high blood pressure- almost 30 per cent of them do not know it.

To find out more on mens health issues and how you can sign up yourself for the Movember happenings, click here.

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