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Movember: The Perfect Time to Grow a Mustache – And Awareness

Movember: The Perfect Time to Grow a Mustache – And Awareness

Every November, a mustache movement sweeps across the upper lips of America’s men.  Thus the mashup name of “Movember.”

Movember is an international charity event that has grown men growing mustaches through the month of November.  According to Movember.com, the facial hair movement promotes funds and awareness for men’s health and cancers that affect men, most specifically prostrate cancer.

On November 1st, men register at the site by starting out clean shaven and all throughout the month they grow their hair.  The site calls registrants MoBros and their significant female others MoSistas.  After the month is up, the MoBros and MoSistas either attend one of the Gala Parties held around the world by Movember, or they throw their own.

Movember began in Melbourne, Australia in 2003.  From 2003-2009, global efforts raised $174 million US dollars, and more than one million people registered.  In 2010, 64,500 registrants from the United States entered the fray and raised $7.4 million dollars.  All funds raised in the US support organizations funded and run by Movember, the Livestrong Foundation and the Prostrate Cancer Foundation.

The Movember Foundation “wants men to take responsibility for their health, prevent illness by leading a healthy lifestyle and understand the symptoms and signs, in both themselves and others, so they can appreciate when and how to seek help if needed.”

This is based on many studies that show that men do not address many of their health issue and do not get regular checkups.  Movember  is a way to get men talking about these issues and aware of their own health management.

Grow on, guys, grow on!

 

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8:41AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Thanks Andrea F. you made my day!

10:06AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Groovy!

12:23AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

great article, thanks

11:39PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

I'm growing one too (I wish I was kidding -.-)

10:46PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

I'm with you on the spelling Andrea F. I was raised in the Catholic church (sadly) and for some rituals the priest would lie 'prostrate' (spread out) on the floor in front of the altar. That's what I think of when I hear or see the word prostrate. Prostate is a completely different thing.
The funny thing is that my elderly and very Catholic father tells everyone he has 'prostrate' cancer. But he's 93 so I can forgive him for that :)

10:41PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Oh my god, I've just been transported back to the 70's! Not a good look for any cause.

9:28AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Asterix would love this!

8:42AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

SUE J.! "Love a guy with a mustache" I do too!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from another old hippie!

(If I posted this twice, please forgive me. I have having trouble with this website and my laptop)

8:38AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

SUE J.!

"Love a guy with a mustache " Me too!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from another old hippie!!!!!!

7:00AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Love a guy with a mustache - and beard. But then I'm an ol' 60s hippie!

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