Students nation-wide are kicking the stigma surrounding men’s health, and King’s students are no exception.
Men’s health has been at the forefront of national discussion since the cancer epidemic came to play. Students across Canada grow their moustache to bring attention to the hairy subject.
“Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, and testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men ages 15-29,” says Movember Canada spokesperson, Cassandra Tatone.
The international fundraiser known as Movember, has raised money for men’s health for more than a decade. The Movember foundation has raised over $200 million in Canada. The organization, which began with 30 members, has grown immensely, close to a million people.
The King’s student body is well aware of the surrounding dangers of men’s health.
“The issues Movember is approaching are important for me to support,” says Simon Gillies, a second-year political science and contemporary studies student.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in eight men are likely to develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. The crisis has gained the attention of millions across Canada.
For some, it may be an excuse to grow a moustache, but for many it’s an opportunity to participate in something much bigger. The moustache is a symbol for those with a stiff upper lip to let men know they’re not alone.
“I have family members and friends who have been exposed to prostate cancer – I’m participating for them,” says Peter Janson, a second-year political science and sustainability student.
Together, Mo Bro’s Gillies and Janson, are fundraising money for the cause together. Between the two King’s students, they have raised $90, and are aiming to reach a modest goal of $200.
A decline in physical health can pose just an equal risk to men’s mental health. The deadly disease attributes to deaths in Canada every day. It is no mystery to Canadians that poor mental health can be fatal.
“In Canada, eight men die from suicide in Canada every single day, and three out of four deaths by suicide are male,” Tatone says.
Participation in the month of the moustache is not exclusive to men, as women equally can contribute to the cause. One of which ways can be through a variety of activities.
“It can be big (running a marathon), brave (learning a new activity) or bold (running a race in a chicken costume),” Tatone explains.
Women can also actively support men’s health by encouraging men to see a doctor, performing self-examinations and talking to someone if they are experiencing a decline in health.
“It’s important to know men’s health affects everyone – we need to join the fight to stop men from dying too young,” said Tatone.
To donate to Gillies and Janson’s initiative, follow here.