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Thanksgiving Dinner with a Mustache, Anyone?

By David Silver, Product Director at Janssen Biotech, Inc.

movember1Disruptive mustaches are an annual focal point of Thanksgiving dinners in my household.  For my wife, nothing screams “Let’s give thanks for this meal” more than looking across the table at my terrible mustache.

For the last three years, my wife and I have participated in Movember (the month formerly known as November in our house).   The goal of Movember is to literally and educationally change the face of men’s health in a fun and engaging way.  Men grow and women support a Mo (moustache) for 30 days.   Men’s “Mo’s” become walking, talking billboards to raise awareness about health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancers.

Today, one in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer.  In 2013, more than 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the United States.

Despite these figures, the level of awareness, understanding and support for prostate cancer lags significantly behind that of women’s health causes.   Consider these facts, according the Movember website:

  • A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.2 minutes and a man dies from the disease every 17.5 minutes.
  • The incidence rates are double for African American men.
  • If detected and treated early, prostate cancer has a 97 percent success rate.


As a Product Director in Prostate Cancer Marketing for Janssen, I have made it my job over the past three years to fully support Movember by growing bad-looking mustaches.   I am a 3rd year Mo Bro, and this is my second year serving as Team Captain of the Janssen United States Team. Every year, my theme is “MO KNOWS,” in honor of baseball legend Bo Jackson, and I have kept this theme alive.

My goal as Captain Mo Bro is to lead by example through clear and consistent communication to the organization, encouraging Johnson & Johnson employees to act as ambassadors for Movember.  We need to raise awareness and change behavior around men’s health.  Additionally, we need to raise funds to support research and therapies focused in men’s health, as all proceeds raised by the Janssen US Movember Team go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LiveStrong Foundation, or Movember Foundation.  So far in Movember, I have raised over $2,300.  My goal is $5,000.  The Janssen US Team has raised over $17,000 so far .

I work every day in service for those who are affected by prostate cancer, so this is my opportunity to do more for the patients who are impacted.  If you’d like to learn more about Janssen’s Mo Team, please visit - http://moteam.co/janssen-us.