Cancer Council Queensland is calling on men to beard up for the fight against cancer and help launch Beard150 this Men’s Health Week.
The annual campaign calls on 150 Queensland men to grow a beard over winter, to encourage men to talk about their health and raise funds for those affected by cancer.
One in two Queensland men will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85 – more than 14,100 this year alone. One in five Queensland men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 85, and one in 10 men will be diagnosed with melanoma or colorectal cancer.
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Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said it was time for men to put away the razor and get hairy for the cause. “Taking part in Beard150 is a unique way to start a conversation about men’s health, the importance of early detection and support services available to men,” Ms Clift said. “Our fathers, brothers, uncles and mates need our support – and there is no better time to do that than during Men’s Health Week.
“Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Queensland, with more than 4000 men diagnosed each year and around 600 dying from the disease. Melanoma is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men with more than 1900 new cases each year, followed by colorectal cancer with around 1600 new cases annually.
“By growing a beard of any size, shape or colour and fundraising for the cause, we can help reduce the burden of cancer on men and their families.”
Ms Clift encouraged Queensland men to get creative with their beard styles this winter. “Whether you go for long stubble, a van dyke, bandholz, circle beard or your own creation to keep your chin warm for winter – every beard counts in the fight against cancer,” Ms Clift said. “We also want to encourage women to get involved and support the men in their lives by holding a beard party or donating to the cause.
“All funds raised through Beard150 support Cancer Council Queensland’s vital work in cancer research, prevention and patient support services.”
To register for Beard150 or donate, visit cancerqld.org.au/beard150 or call 1300 65 65 85.