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2012 movember

Govan Brown is commited to its community and we get involved, wherever and whenever we can.  This year, in an effort to fundraise and raise awareness for prostate cancer, we'll be participating in Movember.  In this month-long, nationwide initiative, you'll see Govan Brown employees sporting moustaches (mo's) of varying shapes and sizes.  During the month of November, we'll be fundraising and educating people on men's health through various platforms including but not limited to a moustache photo op, walk-a-thon, bake sale and pot luck lunch.  All of the proceeds we raise will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada (via Movember.com).  We have a total of 4 teams from all of our offices across the country: Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver who will each have their own donation page on the Movember.com website.  There are only 6 rules to adhere to.  They are:
1. All participants must be clean shaven by November 1st

 

 

(as weekly progression photos will be taken and displayed). 
2. Moustache's only.  Goatee's, full bears and hair under the chin are not acceptable. 
3.  The moustache has to be naturally grown AND kept throughout the entire month of November. 
4.  For the female participants: As with real moustaches, they grow each day so all fake moustaches must show some form of evolution each week.
5.  Raise as much money and awareness as possible.
And lastly,
6.  Have fun.  It's for a great cause!
What is prostate cancer? According to Prostate Cancer Canada, 'Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men.  One is seven men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.  Prostate cancer is a disease where some prostate cells have lost normal control

 

of growth and division.  They no longer function as healthy cells.  A cancerous prostate cell has the following reatures:  uncontrolled growth, abnormal struction and the ability to move to other parts of the body (invasiveness).  It is important to note that not all clusters of cells growing in a mass are cancerous, and that a prostate with an irregular shape is not necessarily cancerous either.  It is advisable to ask your doctor what it may be.  Prostate cancer can be slow-growing and some men who develop prostate cancer may live many years without ever having the cancer detected.  It is important to get screened regularly so that if you do develop prostate cancer, the appropriate action can be taken.  A significant proportion of prostate cancers, if untreated, may have serious consequences.


 
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