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It’s a strange word, and a strange time. I was put onto the idea by the wonderful Madame Weebles who heard of it through Le Clown, who … well, you get the idea.

It’s like an ordinary November, but with the addition of a bunch of brave men growing moustaches.
I say brave, because I hate facial hair. Some guys can carry off a moustache, me I just look like I’ve slept under a bridge. If I skip shaving for a day people starting giving me small change and telling me where to get some hot food.

But as much as I hate the hair growing bit, I’m all for Movember. You see, the idea is to raise awareness of men’s health issues. In particular, prostate cancer. As small as the prostate is, the rate of new cases almost equals the rate of female specific cancers, and in both cases the survival rates are too low, way too low. Cancer’s not just a bitch, it’s a bastard, too.

So, for the duration of Movember I’ll be sporting various moustaches online – all courtesy of photoshop, my daughter, several sheets of felt, and a pair of scissors.

If you’d like to join me, I’m going to start a page for Mo-bros and Mo-sisters. Yeah, really, Mo-sisters, it’s only fuzzy felt after all, so lets have some fun πŸ™‚ If I get enough pictures maybe we can have a “who wears it best” competition at the end of the month.Β Send your pictures to nigel dot blackwell at sbcglobal dot net. If you want to add a comment, send that too.

Pictures are one thing. They show support, and that’s great, but what else can we do?

Early detection.

Detect a cancer early and your chances of survival are better. Talk to your doctor. If you’re a guy over fifty, a PSA test (blood sample) and a physical exam are typical. Get them done at the same time every year. If you’re not a guy, get your guy checked.

No excuses, see your doctor, get screened.

I mean, it’s not like you’re going to have to stand around with your finger up your butt Β πŸ˜‰


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