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Thursday, 1 December 2011 16:51:37 Europe/London
It's the first day of December and Movember wives and girlfriends across the land are heaving a sigh of relief as their significant others shave off some of the strangest moustaches seen since the seventies.
Our very own Hairy Desperados have now been restored to their usual clean shaven good looks. With your help they've managed to raise £1207 for Movember, which will be used to support testicular and prostate cancer initiatives. Altogether Movember has raised over £14 million in the UK alone, and over £63 million worldwide.
Although the fundraising drive is over for this year, the battle to improve men's health continues all year round. One of the biggest challenges is getting men to be more proactive in taking care of their health. According to Movember, the most common reasons men give for avoiding health checks include being too embarrassed, being afraid of getting referred to hospital, being too busy and that they just can't be bothered.
Just over 1 in 4 men sees their doctor for regular check-ups, yet 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. That adds up to a lot of men missing the chance of early treatment for a very common form of cancer. We've all had a lot of fun with this over the last few weeks, but let's try to remember the real meaning of Movember in the months ahead.