Movember Update: How Cancer Effects Us All

by Neil on November 24, 2008

The month of Movember has been going well. My Mo has been growing in nicely and my wife has informed me that she can’t wait until December arrives and I shave it off. Fund raising has been great with $300 in donations (not including what will be coming from co-workers) raised to date. Naturally, the more money we can raise towards Prostate Cancer the better. If you would like to donate to my Mo please feel free to do so at, please reference my registration number 1383686.

Today I want to spend some time discussing how Cancer effects us all.

A friend of mine recently let me know that he’s been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. If you do any research on this form of cancer you’ll learn very fast that the future looks bleak. My friend is a normal guy, he takes care of himself, works hard, and enjoys a good laugh in the company of friends and family. As I said, a normal guy. A few weeks ago he realized he wasn’t feeling that great and upon closer reflection realized that maybe he’d been feeling that way for a month or so. He went to see his doctor. His decision to do so was a fortunate one as the doctors were able to run a battery of tests on him and make a diagnosis. He starts his treatment tomorrow.

Cancer is a nasty, dirty disease. Often it’s symptoms can be confused with other illnesses. Nor is cancer  picky about who gets afflicted. The danger is that incidents of cancer are growing.

The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that 39% of Canadian women and 45% of Canadian men will develop cancer within their lifetimes. I would estimate that these statistics are common among western, if not the global, population. Look at those number, 45% of men will develop cancer within their lifetimes. You may as well flip a coin and see if you’re one of those. The Canadian Cancer Society notes that approximately 1419 Canadians die of Cancer every single week.

These numbers are staggering and extremely significant. While advances in research and treatment are in many cases able to save lives the sheer amount of cases indicate that cancer is a leading cause for loss of life. It is hard to imagine anyone whose life isn’t effected by cancer in one form or another.

It’s these reasons that made me take up the Movember challenge. Any money that can be raised to support any cancer research is money well used. I realize that in today’s economic climate it’s easy to come up with excuses regarding why you can’t afford to donate. However, when you look at the statistics I think those arguments fall flat.

If you know someone who’s battling cancer right now, make a donation in their name. It doesn’t have to be large, your donation alone might not change the world. However, if we all donate just a little we can move mountains.

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Brett Legree 11.24.08 at 8:37 am

Cool looking mo.

I hope that your friend will be okay. Cancer is a terrible thing. I lost a cousin to it earlier this year, and I fear that another close relative of mine has some form of cancer, either bowel or stomach (we are waiting for the results as well).

I try to donate whenever I can, because you just never know.


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Robin Green 11.24.08 at 6:03 pm

I hope everything works out for your friend. I know it can be hard on everyone and cancer is a terrible. I continue to hope that they can come up with better cures.

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Tess Marshall 12.05.08 at 9:28 am

I totally understand the cancer stuff. Two of my girlfriends pasted away from ovarian cancer in the last two years. We never know when our turn is up. All the more reason to live life to the fullest.

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