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Movember just keeps growing on Canadians

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For a campaign that puts hairy upper lips on display, Movember did considerably well, the numbers show. And apparently, Canadians are showing an affinity for the cause and event. Canada raised more money than any other country for the Movember campaign, dedicated to raising funds for prostate cancer research and making men more aware about the disease.

Part of the reason behind Movember's success is the increasing number of participants -- along with divided feelings about the look of a moustache. When was the last time you heard the term "looks like a '70s porn star" tossed around so liberally?

Bragging rights have never been so nebulous. Some of those moustaches might still be in place today, but a lot of them were gone in a flash of razors on Nov. 30. Some even organized shavings into a group event, keeping the camaraderie right to the end.

The sixth annual event, which drew to a close Friday, has so far raised more than $37 million in Canada, organizers announced Monday.

In all, 247,066 Canadians took part in raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Canadian Male Health Network.

It shows that Canadians are generous when it comes to such causes as trying to find resolution for health issues. It also suggests that many people know someone affected by this or another kind of cancer.

Canada got involved in Movember -- a movement that started in Australia in 2003 -- in 2007.

Worldwide, since its inception as a charity, more than 1.1 million participants have raised more than $200 million for the cause.

This year, people in 21 countries took part, up from 14 the year before.

It's good for the publicity value alone, since men's health issues haven't always been in the forefront.

The logical extension to this is men need to talk more about health issues -- some of which they might not be comfortable discussing. They need to talk more with their family doctors about concerns and be certain they get the appropriate checkups.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 5, 2012 A10

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