Today Philip Davies MP showed his support for Movember 2013 by becoming a ‘Virtual Mo Bro’ on the Movember in Parliament website (www.movemberinparliament.co.uk), as part of a wider campaign to raise awareness and money for Movember and Men’s Health.
· One in eight men will get prostate cancer
· On average, one man dies every hour from prostate cancer
· More than 10,000 men will die of the disease this year
Movember was started by two patients with $500. It has grown over five years into a global online patient movement and has now raised over £250m. Movember is at the forefront of a radical new agenda of patient empowerment through research, which is transforming medical discovery.
Last year more than 365,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (men who grow moustaches during the month of November and the women who support them) joined the Movember journey raising over £26.9 million in the UK. The money raised by Movember is invested into programmes that help support prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.
This year, the campaign is being stepped up with:
· Parliamentary Launch Event – Monday 4th November
· Virtual Wall of Support for Mo Sistas and those men who don’t want to grow a moustache
· Group Photo in Westminster Hall - Wednesday 27th November
Follow MPs, peers, Parliamentary staff and lobby journalists supporting the work of Movember via our Twitter page (@parliamentmov) and our website (www.movemberinparliament.co.uk).
About Movember in Parliament
Following the success of Movember in Parliament last year, George Freeman MP has this year launched a Movember in Parliament Website, Twitter Account and a Virtual Mo Bro Wall of Support for Mo Sistas and for those unable to grow a moustache to show their support and become a virtual mo bro.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
Since the beginning in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 3 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate across 21 countries worldwide. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men's health causes across the globe.
In 2012, over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world joined the movement, raising GBP £92.0 million.
About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United Kingdom, accounting for 13% of all new cancer cases, and the most common cancer in men. Over 40,000 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the United Kingdom in 2010. There are currently 250,000 men living with the disease. It’s estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common cancer.
About Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK supports men and families affected by prostate cancer, prostate problems and the effects of treatment by providing specialist information and services.