MP grows mo to back men's health

MEMBER for Keppel Paul Hoolihan is calling on fellow Queensland men who reckon they have it in the moustache stakes to get ready to prove it, by registering for Movember.

“I’ll be donning a ‘tache’ this year to show my support for this event,” Mr Hoolihan said.

“Men need to band together to raise awareness of the health issues particular to our gender so we can improve our own health outcomes.

“So get online and register as an “Intending Mo” at http://au.movember.com.”

Movember is becoming more popular every year as a way to encourage at-risk males to address health issues such as prostate cancer and depression.

“Register now and prepare for that facial hair to flourish,” Mr Hoolihan said.

“This annual month-long phenomenon of men trying to outdo each other in the moustache department is a terrific movement.”

“It’s all about letting men know they’re not alone on two key men’s health matters – prostate cancer and depression.

“Prostate cancer can be cured if it’s detected early and if you are suffering from depression help is available. Men must realise they can face up to these situations resolutely and effectively.

“The key to responding to health issues such as prostate cancer or depression is early detection,” Mr Hoolihan said.

Movember has strong support from workplaces to recreational groups, from teams to individuals and it lets the men know they can talk about these health issues and take action about them. Intending “Mos” can register online and through workplace arrangements.

Mr Hoolihan said that men over the age of 50, and those over 40 with a family history, are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer and should have a test every year.

Money raised from the moustachioed campaign is donated to the Movember Foundation that distributes funds to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue.

“Last year more than $6.3 million was distributed,” Mr Hoolihan said.



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