Nov. 27, 2012
Throughout November, many men have been growing mustaches as part of the annual Movember
campaign to raise awareness for cancers that affect men. This year, a team comprised of radiology residents (with a few attending physicians) from Rush University Medical Center, called "MoDocs," have given their upper lips in support of the cause, Rush University medical students Jeffrey Dodd and Jeremy Swaw, among others, also participated in the Movember campaign.
"The reason for growing mustaches is that we need something to display our support and awareness of men’s cancers, specifically prostate
cancer," writes Kumar Madassery, MD
, a member of MoDocs. "In a sense, prostate cancer is the male version of breast cancer
. Statistics from the National Cancer Institute show that between 2005 through 2009, approximately 155 out of every 100,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer."
Movember began in Australia roughly a decade ago and has spread throughout the world. Approximately 2-million people have participated in the campaign, with nearly $300 million raised in that time. You can learn more about MoDocs here
and contribute to their efforts at their Movember page
Read the blog post
on the Rush InPerson blog.
Photo caption: (Top row, from left) John Meyer, Preston Smith, Neal Khurana, Chris Wickman. (Middle) Dan Jeong, Kumar Madassery, Jack Laney, Paul Lewis. (Bottom) Nabeel Anwar, Christian Malalis, Mehmet Kocak, Ankur Patel. Photos by Lauren Anderson, Rush Photo Group.