Pictured is porter Dean Williamson (right) with a team of ‘Mo Bros’ from Airedale Hospital. They work in various departments but have got together to grow a new look for November to raise vital funds to improve the health of men.
The workers have joined the global Movember campaign and risen to the challenge of sprouting and grooming a moustache for 30 days to raise awareness and money to help tackle prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Dean, aged 26, of Keighley, who is a porter attached to the pharmacy section of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, has never had a moustache before.
He said: “I do think attitudes are changing and men are becoming more interested in their health, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the priority that women give to their health.
“Hopefully our moustaches will be a talking point for many people which will raise the profile of men’s health issues and that we can raise as much money as possible to boost the funds of charities which work hard to help reduce the risk of prostate and testicular cancer.
“I will probably have the moustache off next month as it does itch a bit – but it’s all for a great cause.”
Movember was set up in 2003 by a few friends over a beer in a pub Melbourne, Australia and the moustache is symbolic of changing the face of men’s health.
Supporters aim to have fun for a serious cause, use the moustache as a prompt for talking about the often ignored issues of men’s health, to try and change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, and to educate men about the health risks they face thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
In 2011, over 254,000 people from the UK took part in the worldwide campaign and raised £22m.
Find out more at: www.movember.com
• 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK
– one man is diagnosed every 15 minutes
• A man will die from prostate cancer every hour – more than
10,000 men will die of the disease this year in the UK
• You are 2.5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer if
your father or brother has had it
• 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer
• 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years
and over 90% occur in men under 55 years