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02 November 2018

1 Movember 2018 – Grow a Mo this Movember, and you can help stop men dying too young. Trucker, regent or connoisseur – no matter the shape or style of your Mo, your face can inspire donations, conversations and real change.

More than just follicles on your face, your Mo is a ribbon – reminding people in your life of the importance of men’s health. 

During this month formerly known as November, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across South Africa will be rallying to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

“We have to make a stand to stop men dying too young,” said Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which grows and grooms the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation.

According to the 2014 national cancer registry, the lifetime risk for prostate cancer in South African men is 1 in 19. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15 – 39.  

The men’s foundation aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

“Men die an average six years younger than women and for reasons that are largely preventable. When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk. Men need to have open conversations about their health and take action. If something doesn’t feel right, go to the doctor and get tested,” he added. 

Garron believes that there is a long way to go before men are fully engaged with key issues relating to their health. This means funding research into prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

It also means equipping men with the facts and information so that they can take action on their health. “Gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health. For men, this is not good news. This has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or healthcare providers.”

He says that funding for men’s health in South Africa requires continued de-stigmatisation through media and the public at large, as well as prioritisation. “The reality is that government funding primarily focuses on women, children and the elderly, leaving a lot to be desired for all South African men from all walks of life, and for our funding. We are left to rely on the private and corporate sector for help in funding our programmes.”

All funds raised will go to research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.
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