Yes, it’s the time of year again when all those blokes that can grow a decent moustache, have an excuse to nurture a hairy upper lip. Not sure if anyone here at HPH is going to grow one but given the clean-shaven faces and today being the first of the month, my guess would be no.
Personally, I would have to get a good run-up to attempt a MoVember moustache and even then, it would probably just be embarrassing. Of course, the cause is the important thing anyway. With this in mind, we have sourced some of the statistics from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and published them below. So, if you see a good or really bad moustache this month or you just want to support the cause, we encourage you to do what you can to make a difference.
Things you need to know about Prostate Cancer
Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer, which exceeds the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.
- Each day about 32 men learn news that they have prostate cancer – tragically one man every three hours will lose his battle against this insidious disease
- One in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men
- Each year more Australian men die from prostate cancer than women die from breast cancer but… a national survey by PCFA in 2002 showed that while 78% of women felt well informed about breast cancer – only 52% of men felt informed about prostate cancer
- The chance of developing prostate cancer increases: as men get older and if there is a family history of prostate cancer eg a man with a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer
- Early, curable prostate cancer may not have symptoms. While younger men are less likely to be diagnosed with it, they are more likely to die prematurely from it
- Simple testing by a GP can indicate prostate cancer
- Early detection can be achieved with PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test or DRE (Digital Rectal Examination) testing. Our research in 2002 shows that only 10% of men surveyed between the ages of 50 and 70 had taken these tests in the previous year.
- A recently published international study showed that firefighters have a 28% higher risk of prostate cancer
Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
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