Is female vanity hiding men’s health?

Legendary Mo

Over the past couple of weeks I have been speaking to friends, family and bootcamp members about taking part in Movember.  Movember is about raising funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  Did you know one man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK each year and more than 2,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year?

Movember - Team Achieve

To take part in Movember, all that is required is that men start the month clean shaven and grow a moustache (mo) over the month.  The reason for growing the mo is that people who don’t normally have facial furniture will be questioned as to their choice and they can explain about Movember and raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancers.  It has been fun discussing which type of mo to grow, tweeting and facebooking mo icons, past and present.

However, I have hit a stumbling block on my team building, some of the guys are struggling to get permission from their wives and girlfriends; including some close friends who know my dad.  They don’t want to walk around or be seen out with a man with a mo. 

 It’s a well known fact that men struggle to talk about their health problems and often hide them away from their friends and family; particularly when it comes to discussing “men” areas.  Movember is designed to get guys talking about their health and raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, which are both on the rise and are both survivable if caught early. 

 I have spoken to 2 people in the last 24 hours whose family members have survived prostate cancer because it was caught early enough.  Unfortunately I’m not in that position, my dad is losing his battle with prostate cancer.  His GP didn’t recognise the signs  and treated him with antibiotics for over a year for what he assumed was a urinary infection.

My dad didn’t speak to anybody else about it for that whole time because he put his faith in the medical profession and he didn’t want to worry us.  When he was finally diagnosed, the cancer had spread to his bones. 

Things may have been different if the awareness of the signs and symptoms of male cancers were more openly discussed between men and their families.  If my dad had discussed the problems he was having with me, we may have got him referred to the prostate cancer specialists earlier, he may have responded better to the earlier treatment.  I can’t say for sure but I would have liked the opportunity to find out.

We need to raise the awareness of male cancers.  Female cancers are openly discussed at Starbucks over a latte but men don’t open up about it.  Growing a mo is an amusing way for guys to get involved but the selfishness of their partners is keeping these issues from being discussed.

We have a couple of options.

Guys – grow some balls, stand up to your partner and grow a mo.  It may be you who benefits from it, you may need to discuss the fact that you have a problem with your nuts with a friend, the more people that are aware of these issues the less embarrassed you will be to discuss them.

Legendary MoBy being a mo bro, you might find that you get to use your balls more.  I’m sure Tom Selleck was never short of action and I remember being out in Coventry in the late 80’s and the CCFC players seemed to do alright with the ladies and most of them had mo’s (I think the FA cup win helped them too).


Girls – become a mo sista and support your partner, raise awareness and build a team of people to help.  You may find you like your man with a mo, I’ve been told it tickles. 

It’s for 30 days and it could save the life of somebody you love, if a GP didn’t spot the signs in my dad, I’m sure you’ll agree that we need to raise the profile of this campaign and the charities that it supports.

Please put your vanity aside for 30 days and let your man grow a mo.

Here’s the link to join my team:



    • Sam

      Reply Reply October 31, 2011

      Great post Darren, looking forward to seeing photos of you and your team!

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