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Welcome to Movember South Africa, 2010

Movember (the month formerly known as November), the month long moustache growing charity event held each year to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health is officially in South Africa.

Having started in Australia seven years ago, Movember has grown to be an international event, taking place in six countries. This global expansion looks set to continue with demand from Mo Bros and Sistas around the world wanting to grow moustaches and celebrate Movember in their own countries. As a direct result, six new countries have been added to this year’s campaign, of which South Africa is one!

Movember is about bringing back the moustache for a serious cause and sees Mo Bros, supported by the Mo Sistas in their life, register at and then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face. They have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache, whilst raising funds and awareness.

South African Mo Bros and Sistas can join their 250 000 registered Global counterparts by donating their faces and growing their Mo’s in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and their message of detecting Men’s Cancers early.

The 2009 Movember campaign enjoyed over R 240 000 raised and over 1 500 registered South African Mo Bros & Sistas – all funds were allocated to CANSA’s Men’s Health Programs, which includes CANSA Interim homes (Hope Lodges) Awareness and Early detection Programs.

All men should invest in their health by learning how to detect men’s cancers early – The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) encourages men to be proactive by regular self-examination and having Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests.

Men from age 15 to 40 years of age need to examine their testicles each month, preferably after a bath or shower, to feel for any pea-sized lumps that could indicate testicular cancer. Men over the age of 50 need to go for simple screening tests each year to check if they might have prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer among men in South Africa and globally. The lifetime risk for men developing prostate cancer in South Africa is one in 23.

CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa to save lives.

Help fight cancer by supporting Movember and grow your Mo to spread the message to detect men’s cancers early. Become a Citizen of Movember by registering under South Africa (including Mo Bros who had already registered in 2009), and raise funds by submitting your email address, downloading a donation form and get ready to grow your finest South African Mo! Or, why not get a team together in your workplace, sporting club or friends and compete for the finest Mo and most funds raised?

Follow us on Facebook under MovemberSouthAfrica and MovemberSA on Twitter to keep up to date with the campaign locally.


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