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
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
"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.