Doctors will diagnose 8,720 men with testicular cancer and another 180,890 patients with prostate cancer by the end of 2016, according to The American Cancer Association. And let’s not forget the 87 men that will take their own lives due to mental health. Awareness plays a significant role in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. That’s why we’re asking you to join OnRamp this November, as we continue to support men across the world through Movember — the largest global fundraiser for men’s health.
What is Movember?
Movember began in Australia in 2003. Mustaches were out of style, and breast cancer and other health awareness campaigns were gaining traction around the world. Over a couple of beers, friends decided to see if growing a “Mo” could spark the same types of conversations as pink ribbons. It worked, and today men around the world use the month of November, aka Movember, as a time for awareness and action.
Growing a mustache is only the beginning. Participants known as “Mo’Bros” and “Mo’Sistas” can get involved in a variety of ways, including:
- Direct donations. Supporters can directly donate to the Movember Foundation to help fund local and global men’s health initiatives.
- Grow a “Mo.” Men can sign up on the foundation’s website, grow a mustache for 30 days, and use the time to raise funds for the cause.
- Stay active. Both men and women participate in a general health challenge. After signing up on the foundation’s website, people “move” in whatever type of exercise interests them—running, dancing, canoeing. Participants set predetermined goals, track their progress, and raise funds for the cause. Movember supports activities through various mobile devices and apps.
- Join a team. Everything’s better with friends. Mustache growing and moving participants can join a corporate or community team and work together to support the cause.
- Host an event. Those interested can sponsor a local event to raise money for men’s health. Companies, community organizations, and individuals all host events to make a difference in the lives of men across the world.
At OnRamp, we have 27 Mo’ Bros and Mo’ Sistas on the team and have already raised $2,040 toward our $2000 goal. The team has also had 22,315 YEI points donated by nineteen people toward our 50,000-point goal. So far, the team has logged 65 moves, 213,157 steps, and 476.72 miles from running, walking, biking, swimming and working out.
In 2004, the first year the foundation raised funds, it collected $40,851 in Australia alone. From 2004 to 2015, the Movember Foundation has raised $710 million and supported 1,200 men’s health initiatives using a network of 21 countries and 5,232,625 Mo’Bros and Mo’Sistas. The money raised each November goes toward global and country-specific projects including health surveys, research initiatives, and wellness programs.
Why Support Movember?
Many men push health to the back burner. They wait too long to visit the doctor and may not speak openly about their symptoms. As a result, many die too young. Early diagnoses and proactive treatment significantly reduce the risk of complications and death associated with prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.
These statistics illustrate the gravity of reality and why disruptive, inspiring movements such as Movember matter:
- On average, men diagnosed with testicular cancer are approximately 33 years old. The risk of dying is low with treatment, but only 1 in 263 men will receive a diagnosis.
- The second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in American males is prostate cancer. One in 7 men will face a diagnosis at some point.
- One in 5 adults (43.8 million U.S. citizens) experiences mental health problems during the course of a year.
- Only 41 percent of U.S. adults received mental health care in 2015.
- Common reasons why men put off going to the doctor include not having a primary care physician, not having insurance, and not having time.
- Men are more likely to die younger, compared to women. While gender difference plays a role in mortality rates, controllable explanations for these facts include an unwillingness to visit the doctor and common risky behaviors such as drinking and smoking.
These statistics shed light on the experiences of many men. Movember empowers men to share their story, raise awareness through open communication, and a focus on their health and wellness.
Participate with OnRamp
Every year, OnRamp participates in Movember as a team fundraiser. While the gender gap in the technology industry is closing, men still account for an overwhelming majority, comprising 74 percent of employees. As a technology provider, we constantly look for ways to support those who serve in our industry, and Movember enables us to involve both men and women in a shared goal to improve men’s health.
Our team, Mo’Betta OnRamp, competes to raise awareness, donations, and movement. Our 27 current team members have already moved a collective distance of 476.72 miles. We’re excited to see how far the team goes this year. Join the team or donate today. However, you decide to support Mo’Betta OnRamp — we appreciate your efforts.