MPs and staff let their (facial) hair down to help fight prostate cancer

A team of MPs and parliamentary colleagues joined thousands of 'Mo Bros' across the UK by letting their (facial) hair down during Movember to help change the face of men's health.

The Westminster group offered their top lips a month long razor rest to grow and groom a moustache as part of Movember, to help raise awareness and funds for men's health. In support of prostate cancer, a group of MP 'Mo Sistas' also joined the light-hearted campaign to support their male colleagues during the month-long hairy challenge. 

Movember - which aims to 'change the face of men's health, one moustache at a time' - has chosen Prostate Cancer UK as its principal partner and beneficiary for funds raised in the UK. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is almost as common - and deadly - for men as breast cancer is for women.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Even though - on the face of it - Movember appears to be a light-hearted initiative, it has been hugely successful in raising millions of pounds to dramatically increase research into prostate cancer and enhance support services for men with the disease. It is also a fantastic way of getting younger men to start thinking about their health.

"It's great that so many MPs and staff have joined me and thousands of men across the UK in growing a 'Mo' in support of Movember and Prostate Cancer UK. Despite being the most common cancer in men, and the fact that it is projected to be the most common cancer overall by 2030, prostate cancer has not received the priority it deserves historically, leaving us decades behind where we need to be. Working together, Movember and Prostate Cancer UK are helping to redress this balance by putting men's health firmly in the spotlight."

Since its humble beginning in Melbourne 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 so far.

So far in 2012 over 350,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have registered to support the campaign which raised over £22 million in the UK in 2011. These funds have helped support Prostate Cancer UK's vital work fighting prostate cancer on every front - though research, support, information and campaigning.

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