Compuware Supports Movember Movement for Karmanos, prostate cancer awareness
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
The Wellness Center at Compuware Corporation recently held a month-long fundraiser to raise support for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and create awareness for prostate cancer. Throughout the month of November, many male employees “rocked their mustache” in support of Movember, a national movement promoting prostate cancer awareness, which calls for men to grow whimsical mustaches to show their support.
Wellness Center employees Tom Anderson and Russell Streetman collected donations for Karmanos from Compuware employees and encouraged them to support the Movember Movement. Those who couldn’t grow the “real thing” were able to create their own silly mustache pictures, which were displayed outside the Wellness Center.
“Compuware is continuously holding events in support of cancer awareness,” Streetman said. “With October being so huge with breast cancer, we thought Movember would be a great opportunity to continue Compuware’s involvement and keep employees informed while having fun at the same time.”
One in six men will battle prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common non-skin cancer diagnosed in males. Karmanos doctors believe early detection is important and encourage men at normal risk for prostate cancer to begin screening at age 50. Men who are at higher risk, including African-American men and those with a family history of the disease (father, brother or son diagnosed before age 65), should talk to their health care provider about beginning screening at age 45.
Thanks to the efforts of the Wellness Center at Compuware and other metro Detroit organizations, Karmanos is able to spread the word about the importance of early detection.
“We are so thankful to Compuware and their employees for their efforts to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer,” said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president, Institutional Relations, Karmanos Cancer Institute. “It is only through the help of great community fundraisers like this that we are able to continue cancer research to find a cure for this terrible disease.”