UIC Movember Event
Made up of about 40 faculty, staff and medical students from departments including pathology, urology, otolaryngology, oncology and the University of Illinois Cancer Center, the UIC Prostate Cancer Movember team started from scratch with clean-shaven faces November 1 in order to grow moustaches- no additional facial hair allowed – through the month of November as part of a national movement to raise awareness around men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
The movement, which is national in scope, started as a way for men to spark conversation about health.
Dr. Michael Abern, assistant professor and director of urologic oncology, and Movember team leader, decided to start a Movember group at UIC because he wants to raise awareness around the importance of prostate cancer screening for African American men, who are 2.5 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. The team also wanted to bring awareness to the fact that several Chicago neighborhoods have prostate cancer death rates 2-3 times the national average. By raising awareness of mens' health issues, the team hopes to combat disparities and engage men from UIC and UI Health’s communities in programs dedicated to their physical and mental well-being.
The team raised more than $1,000 to support men’s health programs that combat prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
See the UIC Prostate Cancer Movember team page here: http://us.movember.com/team/1650525