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The annual sprouting of facial hair in Movember induces admiration or hilarity, depending on your preference for the lip doily, cookie duster or soup strainer.

The numbers on men’s health should induce alarm, closely followed by action.

The Movember Foundation is a charity tackling men’s health, nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The foundation invests in programs it believes have a measurable effect in improving men’s health-outcomes.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men.

According to the Movember Foundation, survival rates are better than98 per cent when detected early. Found late,survival rates drop below 26 per cent.

The foundation advises all men aged 50 to see their doctor for a routine blood test forProstate Specific Antigen.

Men with a family history of prostate cancer should do this at 45.

Testicular cancer is common in younger men. The Movember Foundation advisesit is the second most common cancer in men aged 19-39. The high survival rate, 95 per cent, is no consolation to the one man in twenty who won’t make it.

Early detection is critical. The foundation advises regular self-checks, with a trip to the doctor if a testicle is lumpy, swollen or painful.

A family history of testicular cancer increases risk. If you have had testicular cancer, there is heightened risk it will return.

Mental health and suicide prevention is a priority for the Movember Foundation. By supporting projects that address mental health in men, the foundation expects to reduce the suicide rate by 25 per cent by 2030.

Last year, the EuroMOdalla Choppers, comprising mo-bros Anthony O’Reilly and Nathan Ladmore and mo-sister Gillian Kearney, raised about $1500 for the Movember Foundation.

This year, with additional mo-bro Mark Blewitt, they have set a target of $2000.

Fast-paced and male-dominated industries often have higher rates of suicide. Construction workers in Australia are at double the risk of suicide;an average of 182 deaths per year, or one suicide every second day.

Donate to Movember athttps://au.movember苏州美甲美睫培训学校/get-involved/donate.

CASH TASHE: Three of the EuroMOdalla Choppers, Nathan Ladmore, Gillian Kearney and Anthony O’Reilly. With the addition of Mark Blewitt, they aim to beat last year’s $1500 contribution to the Movember Foundation by $500.

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