MPs Mo-bilise to raise awareness of prostate cancer

A raft of MPs have backed a quirky campaign to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer during the month formerly known as November.

At least fourteen MPs from across the three main parties have been growing and nurturing moustaches over the  month to support Movember - which aims to change the face of men's health by raising awareness of prostate cancer and other men's health issues.

Alongside a quarter of a million men across the UK these MPs have become walking, talking billboards, using their moustaches to put prostate cancer firmly on the agenda during November.

Furthermore, over 50 MPs, including three 'Mo-Sistas'(2) have signed an Early Day Motion in Parliament in support of the campaign, which has successfully raised millions of pounds for research into prostate cancer and for programmes to support people affected by the disease.

  • John Leech MP (Liberal Democrat, Withington, Manchester) said: "We men are so often shy of talking about our health and Movember is a brilliant way to get diseases like prostate cancer out in the open. I hope that by wearing my Mo I've helped to get many more men to start thinking about their health, whilst also raising money to help The Prostate Cancer Charity continue to fund research and provide the support men and their families need to cope with this disease."

 

  • Ian Mearns MP (Labour, Gateshead) said "I am acutely aware that, to date, prostate cancer has not received the profile or research funding necessary to tackle the disease head on.  I praise the work of Movember in putting prostate cancer firmly on the public agenda. Not only are millions of people talking about the disease but they are also raising funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity, enabling them to fund vital research and provide top class support services for men and their families affected by the disease."

 

  • Jason McCartney MP (Conservative, Colne Valley) said: "Well it's been an itchy time but having a Mo has been a great talking point. I've had many conversations about prostate cancer over the past month and my reasons for taking part in such a quirky campaign. It has been a great movement to be a part of to make sure men's health issues, especially prostate cancer, are kept right under people's noses!"

A newly-hirsute Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "There have been some hairy moments, but as the moustache season draws to a close it's great to know that so many MPs have been through this journey with me, and that many more have signalled their support for the campaign. Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, it lags behind other common cancers, both in terms of investment in research and in awareness. The fact that so many politicians have shown their support just goes to show how Movember is helping us to redress this balance and put the disease firmly in the spotlight. "

Since its humble beginnings in Australia in 2003, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate worldwide so far.

Last year over 111,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the UK raised an amazing £11.7 million. These funds have helped support The Prostate Cancer Charity's vital work fighting prostate cancer on every front - through research, support, information and campaigning.  This year a hair raising 250,000 men and women have taken part across the UK with at least £14 million raised already.