October 30, 2014
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Rebecca J. James, Graduate Assistant

Men, Women Invited to Join Movember Campaign Throughout November

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Office of Student Life will host a Movember campaign kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, in the Student Union.

The event will include a photo booth, information about men’s health issues, and giveaways.

The Movember campaign will continue throughout the month of November.

In partnership with the Livestrong Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Movember campaign seeks to raise awareness of men’s health issues in the community and across the nation. The campaign focuses on issues related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health while sparking conversations that encourage men to take proactive measures to remain well.

Since 2003, Movember supporters across the world have collectively raised $559 million and funded 770 men’s health projects.

Men can get involved by signing up online (http://us.movember.com/team/1517053), growing a moustache, and raising funds and awareness.

Women can get involved as well by showing support, signing up online (http://us.movember.com/get-involved/mo-sistas), and raising funds and awareness.

John Wright, associate director of the Office of Student Life, said, “I really want the men on our campus to take action and be concerned about their health. A lot of times young men, 18-24, think they are invincible to health problems and concerns. This campaign is urging them to be aware of their health and seek help if they have any concerns.” 

Contact John Wright at (229) 333-5674 or jowright@valdosta.edu for more information.

On the Web:

http://us.movember.com/?home

http://www.livestrong.org/

http://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.5699537/k.BEF4/Home.htm

DID YOU KNOW?

• Average life expectancy for men in the United States is almost five years less than women, 76.2 years compared to 81 years

• 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime

• 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime

• Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15 to 35 years

• More than four times as many men as women die by suicide in the United States

Source: Movember Foundation

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