You may have heard of Movember, when men grow mustaches during November to raise money for cancer research. But what about Brovember? It’s The University of Vermont Cancer Center’s spin on the popular fundraising campaign.
Brovember: Where it all began
In 2013, Bruce Leavitt, MD, commandeered some peers from the UVM Cancer Center – Mark Plante, MD, Steve Ades, MD, and Jim Wallace, MD – and they quickly enacted a Mo-growing campaign to raise awareness. The campaign resurged in 2014 and helped The UVM Cancer Center raise $4,500 to help launch the first-ever Men’s Health and Cancer conference in Vermont.
“In this country men’s health awareness has lacked considerably to women’s health awareness,” said Dr. Leavitt. “A number of years ago the Movember movement was started in Australia and quickly spread across the globe. We decided to create our own take with Brovember. That is why you see men at UVM Cancer Center growing our facial hair this month. It is not just for deer hunting!”
How You Can Participate
- Be a Bro, Grow a ‘Mo. Set up your own online fundraising page and have your friends and family sponsor you! Our fundraising goal is $10,000. Help us get there! Get started by clicking here.
- Join us for Bro Brunch at Leunig’s Bistro. Bob Conlon of Leunig’s Bistro and his wife, Betsy Conlon, are both cancer survivors. They will dedicate November 15, 2015 as “Brovember Day,” and donate 10 percent of proceeds to the UVM Cancer Center for men’s cancer research and education efforts.
- Be Bro-active About Your Health! Prevention and early detection are important in the fight against cancer, so schedule your annual physical exam, talk to your doctor about your cancer risk, and get those important screenings for lung, prostate, and colon cancer. Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and tests for high blood cholesterol are examples of screenings for heart disease and stroke. At age 50, screening tests for prostate cancer and colon cancer are important and skin cancer screenings should begin at age 20 and continue throughout life.