At the end of October this year a friend of mine posted that his doctor had found a tumor during a checkup of his manly parts. This timing was such that I decided I'd get involved in the Movember movement this year.
Over the past few days I noticed something really odd. Canada is leading the amount raised by a large margin. Know where the US is, with it's 10-times the population? 4th. Behind Canada, the UK, and Australia.
It's not as though the US has a lower incidence of prostate cancer or other men's health issues than any of those other three countries. I know the economy's in the pits, but it's can't be that bad, can it?
According to Wikipedia, while the Movember movement did begin in Australia, it expanded to Canada and the US at the same time, in 2007. So what's going on down there? You guys don't have enough testosterone to grow your own 'staches? You donated all your spare money to breast cancer last month because the NFL did such a good job wearing pink?
I'm genuinely curious about why the US is such a laggard with this particular movement. How often do you guys have a good excuse not to shave your lip? You know winter's on the way - doesn't your lip need a sweater?
And yes, this is also a thinly-veiled attempt to generate some more donations to the cause. If you'd like to sponser me, you can do so at http://mobro.co/ppival
If you'd like to donate to support men's health in general, you can do so at http://us.movember.com/donate/
If you don't care about men's health issues, do consider finding a cause you do care about, and get involved.
Oh, and of course you don't have to donate through me, but if I don't get at least one donation as a result of this post, I'm going to have to give you details of the prostate exam I'll be getting at the end of this month... Your call, and thanks in advance :-)