Making the Mo-Money Work for Survivors Male Cancers
Since 2009, each November has seen South African men growing moustaches, as part of the global Movember Campaign, to raise vital funds for care and support provided by CANSA for men affected by cancer.
As an official South African beneficiary of the Movember campaign, CANSA ensures that the funds are channelled mainly into:
- care and support programmes for men affected by testicular & prostate cancer
- prostate cancer research
In 2014, Movember donated R3.2 million to help CANSA develop specialised programmes, as well as to extend existing care facilities to provide support to prostate and testicular cancer Survivors, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and during recovery.
The awareness created by a high-profile, fun campaign such as Movember, is done in a non-threatening way. CANSA‘s key message to men is to take charge of their personal well-being and to be proactive with early detection of cancer. Read more about men’s cancers here…
There are currently three Movember Projects running nationally:
1. Metropolitan Centre Survivorship Campaign
Five major Care Centres participate in this campaign, all based in key metropolitan areas across SA.
The purpose of this campaign is to provide a comprehensive, quality care to those affected by prostate and testicular cancer that is sustainable and promotes management of treatment effects, in order to improve quality of life for the Survivor and their loved ones.
This includes assessing Survivors’ needs using the CANSA ‘Dignity Tool’ and guidance is provided re lifestyle changes (nutrition, exercise,smoking, sexual health). Each survivor’s needs is assessed in terms of home based care, support groups, counselling, caregiver & spousal support, etc.
2. Patient Support re Sexual Health & Side Effects
Specialist Nurses (trained by doctors and a sexologist) are available at most of our CANSA Care Centres to assist men affected by prostate and testicular cancer re matters of sexual health & side effects (sex, impotence, erectile dysfunction, libido, urinary incontinence, etc). Where applicable, Survivors are referred to specialist clinics for additional support and care.
Furthermore, support is also provided to prostate and testicular cancer Survivors via CANSA’s Toll Free Call Centre on 0800 22 66 22 or at firstname.lastname@example.org). Peer support, may be found on CANSA’s Facebook group for Survivors ‘Champions of Hope’.
3. Prostate and Testicular Cancer Registry Project
The main objective of this project is to assist the SA National Cancer Registry to update its data capturing, in order to develop an up to date registry of prostate and testicular cancer. SA males diagnosed with prostate and testicular cancer will benefit from improved data regarding incidence and prevalence of these diseases.
Official Movember Rules for Growing and Grooming a Mo:
- Every year Mo Bros and Sistas have to re-register on Movember.com – each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
- For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache.
- There is to be no joining of the Mo to your side burns. That’s considered a beard.
- There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. That’s considered a goatee.
- Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman…
Participants have to re-register each year from 15 September. Register on www.movember.com
If You have Recently been Diagnosed with Cancer:
Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or whether you are a veteran who has undergone the rigours of treatment, or if you are now in remission, CANSA considers you a cancer Survivor. Find info & online resources to help you fight cancer and please read more about CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support which is offered at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide.