Ottawa – Unable to grow a moustache but want to support prostate cancer awareness?  No problem says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP, Carol Hughes who joined with other female colleagues in support of Movember, the awareness/fund raising event with a focus on prostate cancer.

Buoyed by male New Democrats who are growing moustaches in November, Hughes joined the Mo Sistas as a way of showing her support.

“Everyone has a horse in this race,” said Hughes.  “We all know men, whether they are family or friends, who will benefit from this campaign that urges men to get the simple PSA test for early detection of prostate cancer.”

New Democrats have been strong supporters of Movember with many MPs and staff becoming Mo Bros, or as they call themselves New De-Mo-crats.  Jack Layton who died from cancer this past summer staged a very public battle with prostate cancer and serves as an example of the indiscriminate way the cancer hits.

“Jack was in top shape and took good care of himself,” said Hughes.  “We can all be inspired by the way he fought cancer head-on and part of that will be men seeing their doctors for the simple PSA test.”

Hughes joined in the festivities as MPs and staff gathered to witness the traditional shaving off Sackville-Eastern Shore MP Peter Stoffer’s trademark moustache.  New Democrats hope to improve on their efforts which raised $16,000 last year for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Movember Foundation.

Movember is a world-wide prostate cancer public awareness and fundraising campaign. Prostate Cancer is the most common form of cancer among Canadian men, affecting an estimated 1 in 7 men at some point in their life time.

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