“Since 2007, Mo Bros in Alberta have put aside their razors in November to sport a moustache – chevron, horseshoe, handlebar and everything in between – to put a face to the health issues many men find difficult to talk about.

Movember has grown internationally from its modest Australian beginnings in 2003. Over the years, the movement has expanded to support initiatives in Canada and around the world for the prevention, research and treatment of men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide.

“The facts underscore why this work is critical. Estimates suggest prostrate cancer accounts for 20 per cent of all new cancer cases in Canadian men. In Alberta, about 150 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year, the most common type of cancer in males aged 15 to 35 years, and the most treatable if caught early.

“While services and supports for men’s mental health are available, many men continue to suffer in silence. Sadly, more than 500 people in Alberta die by suicide every year, with males making up the majority.

“During the pandemic many men are facing unexpected challenges including financial pressures and unemployment. Please remember that confidential addiction and mental health supports are available 24-7 across the province.

“This Movember, embrace the bristles! You don’t need to grow a Mo to show your support. I encourage Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the province to get involved. Together, we can change the face of men’s health.”