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by Brandon Wenerd on November 30, 2012

But here's the important thing: “Mo Bros” raised close to $95 million worldwide over the past month to support prostate cancer and testicular cancer research initiatives. $15 million from the United States alone. If you grew a mustache this month, good work on giving prostate cancer the middle finger it deserves. 

No, seriously. I can't say this loud enough: Fuck Prostate Cancer. 

Prostate cancer is the number two killer of men in terms of cancer, with 250,000 men a year being diagnosed and 30,000 of men dying each year. Since the overall goal of Movember is to raise awareness for this specific men's health issue, I figure it's be important to close the month with a few interesting statistics about prostate cancer. Whether you grew a 'stache that will make Tom Selleck jealous or not, this is stuff every guy should know. These stats come from a national survey called “Mind over Manhood: The Misconceptions of Prostate Cancer,” which was commissioned by Janssen Biotech Inc. 

  • 58% of men surveyed believe that is unlikely they will ever be diagnosed with prostate cancer; in reality, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • If they were to be diagnosed, 48% believe that it is unlikely that the disease would prove fatal.
  • When given a list of symptoms of prostate cancer (including urinary problems, erectile dysfunction, frequent lower back pain, infertility, swelling of the legs and feet and weight gain), nearly 100% of men surveyed failed to identify at least one, and 89% got two or more wrong.
  • When asked to identify which items on a list were risk factors for prostate cancer, nearly 100% got one wrong.
  • While hereditary plays a significant role in one’s chances of being diagnosed, 50% failed to identify family history as a risk factor.
  • A whopping 40% of men surveyed believe that losing their ability to be intimate with a significant other would be worse than losing their eyesight.
  • Almost half of the men surveyed (45%) would be likely to avoid treatment if they knew that there was a chance of losing their ability to be intimate with another person.
  • While many men are uncomfortable scheduling their own doctor’s appointments, 78% of men would be grateful if their partner did it for them.
  • While African-American men have the highest frequency of prostate cancer in the world, only 27% believe this to be true.

If you're Bros with a Bro over 50 or have a family history, remember to get screened.

Pic via Burnsidious/imgur

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Brandon Wenerd

About Brandon Wenerd...

Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips: brandon@brobible.com.

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