Yes growing a moustache is fun, but remember the bigger picture – promoting men’s health, raising funds for Cansa and having yourself checked out.

The average life expectancy for men is four years less than women.

The rate of cancer diagnoses in men is considerably higher than the rate in women – 1 in 6 for men, compared to 1 in 8 for women.

Men are 40% more likely to die of cancer than women.

Experts estimate that up to 40% of cancers can be prevented. The risk of developing cancer can be significantly reduced through vaccination, getting regular exercise, making smart eating choices, limiting alcohol intake, reducing sun exposure and avoiding tobacco.

1 in 23 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

More than 4,000 case of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year and over 2,500 men will die.

In South Africa, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35, but can occur to any male, anytime.

Smoking is the single biggest cause of cancer in the world, with over 44,000 South Africans dying from tobacco-related diseases each year.

The most common cancer in South Africa for men is prostate cancer.

More than 29% of South African men are classified as overweight or obese.

Suicide is the third greatest cause of unnatural death in South Africa.

South Africa has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia. More than 700 South Africans die each year from skin cancer, with the majority of those cases being malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

* Download the Men’s Health poster to see which screening tests and procedures you should discuss with your doctor.