Based on data gathered between 2010 and 2012, fourteen percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their life. It is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer for Canadian males. Research suggests that early detection is the best strategy to combat the disease; however, more research still needs to be done in order to fight the disease.
The Movember foundation has a strong funding campaign for prostate cancer research, as well as other issues that are currently affecting men’s health in Canada, such as testicular cancer, mental health, and inactivity. From its beginnings in 2003, “Movember” has grown into a phenomenon that can be seen annually on men’s faces throughout the country in November.
As a part of the Movember campaign, co-op student Pedro Rengel has shed his beard and decided to take on the challenge for the third consecutive year, partaking in both the growing of a moustache, as well as taking on the thirty-day active “MOVE” challenge to try to reach a $2,000 goal for the foundation.
“It’s an issue that is important to me, not just because I am a man, but because I feel that cancer has touched everyone to some extent, and it’s the best way that I can do my part to combat the disease. I also like that it brings more awareness towards mental health issues this year. It seems that they have stepped up their game, and it’s only fitting that I do too.”
To see updates on his progress throughout the month of November and to make a donation, visit http://mobro.co/rengelpe14