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Movember: No shave November

What do Echo Press sales representatives Greg Eigen and Randy Jansen have in common with Hulk Hogan and Mr. Potato Head? They all are known for their moustaches!

These days millions of men around the world grow their “mo’s” during the month of “Movember” in support of a very hairy fundraising campaign.

Movember (a contraction of the words “November” and “moustache”) took its first steps in Australia back in 2003. What started out as a bet between friends to grow a moustache during the month of November ended up demonstrating just how powerful a simple symbol can be.

The aim of Movember is to raise awareness among the general public, and men in particular, of the importance of taking charge of their health, especially where prostate cancer is concerned.

Over time, this friendly bet has transformed into a worldwide movement. Last year, 21 countries spread over five continents officially participated in Movember. In total, approximately 1,127,333 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas succeeded in raising more than $135 million, just by sporting or supporting a moustache.

To find out more about the Movember movement, or to register for the event, visit

MOVEMBER JARGON • Mo Bros: men who grow a moustache for Movember.

• Mo Sistas: women who like moustaches and who support Movember.

• Mo Mentors: men who have had moustaches for a long time and who inspire others to take up the challenge.

Prostate cancer: know the symptoms

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer. Usually, prostate cancer develops slowly and is often successfully treated if it is detected early on.

The best ways to detect prostate cancer in its early stages include having regular checkups (including a digital rectal examination and prostate-specific antigen test) and being familiar with the associated symptoms.

The signs and symptoms are diverse: frequent urination (especially during the night), the sensation of urgency to urinate, difficulty or inability to urinate, the feeling of not having completely emptied the bladder, pain while urinating, presence of blood in the urine or sperm, painful ejaculation, bone pain (back, hips, thighs, neck), weight loss, fatigue, anemia, numbness in the legs or feet, loss of bladder or bowel control.

More information about prostate cancer can be found on the websites of the American Cancer Society, at, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

The facts

The prostate gland is part of a man’s reproductive and urinary system. It is located immediately under the bladder, in front of the rectum, and is about the size of a walnut. 

A normal prostate is smooth and rubbery. During a digital rectal examination, a doctor can ensure that no lumps are present and that the size, shape and consistency remain unchanged.