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I was doing a little reading about Movember and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In 2010 Movember gave the PCF over $5.7 million. This money is being used to fund reasearch programs that are helping men right now. The government doesn't fund these projects, we do. Only when they show promise does the government and pharmicutical money come in. The moustache does all the early work to get these programs off the ground. Here's a few:

Program: 27+ Types of Prostate Cancer Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, and his colleagues at the University of Michigan has, through the PCF, completed a research program identifying 27+ different types of prostate cancer. This discovery will soon answer the agonizing question facing men with prostate cancer: does their cancer need immediate treatment or can it be left alone?

Program: PSMA-based Imaging In an effort to better diagnose men with prostate cancer, Movember funds through the Prostate Cancer Foundation were distributed to Creativity Award grant winner Dr. Steve Cho at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cho and his team won this Movember-funded grant for his evaluation of an imaging technique, PSMA(Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen )-based PET, which uses a specific radiological dye to noninvasively pinpoint the location of prostate cancer on a smaller scale and with greater accuracy. This imaging system has the potential to more easily determine the stage of prostate cancer prior to initial treatment and determine those who might benefit from more aggressive treatment versus active surveillance. The ability to detect early metastatic prostate cancer will benefit patients and may prolong survival in men with a greater risk of developing aggressive forms of the cancer.

Program: Whole Genome Sequencing As a result of the Movember community, for the first time scientists have been able to construct a complete genetic map of prostate cancer. This means that patients will eventually be able to work with their doctors to map the individual genetic alterations of their prostate cancer to determine the specific treatment needed for them. The result will be less men dying from prostate cancer, more effective treatment with less side effects, and it will spare some men from unnecessary treatments, eliminating an estimated $1.5 billion spent each year in over-treatment. It is a truly historic development in the fight against prostate cancer and will expand the understanding of how the disease works, leading to improved and more personalized treatment.

"Moustaches will be the end of prostate cancer the way dimes were the end of polio." Dr. Jonathan Simons refering to Movember.com and the March of Dimes.

It's also Movember 12th and time for a Mo update:

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See the progression and learn more about Movember and Men's Health at www.mobro.co/carlwesley