Many people will know that during November, I grow a tache in aid of Movember. This year I wanted to do something a little different by means of tache growing, and thankfully, I managed to do just that. However – and this happens every year – I get quite attached to the tache and I am always reluctant to shave it off. So this year, I have decided to keep it and rebel against popular culture of men being clean-shaven. Plus I have loads of moustache wax to use!
On deciding this course of action, and by luck, I came across Decembeard. This is the campaign specifically aimed at beating bowel cancer. And runs during December – if you had not already guessed…
In all seriousness, the more I read on the subject, the more concerned I became. As the figures and mortality rates for bowel cancer are quite frankly, frightening.
According to data from Cancer Research UK, Bowel cancer rates for men have risen by 29% since in the last 35 years. Compared to women, their rate is 6%.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, after lung cancer with 44 people dying from the disease each day. One in 17 people will develop bowel cancer at some point in their life.
Rates of bowel cancer have risen from 45 cases per 100,000 men in 1975-77 to 58 cases in 2008-10. However, in women cases have increased only slightly from 35 to 37 per 100,000 in the same timescale.
So what has turned from a light-hearted ‘I am keeping the tache’ into something very worthwhile; as raising awareness into Bowel cancer is just so damn important.
Campaigns like Decembeard really do help raise awareness and help beat Bowel cancer.
Thanks to Beards for Bowels for borrowing their catchy Mo-merger title!