We love November: the fall leaves, fresh slices of pumpkin pie, celebrating Thanksgiving with family, and, of course, the moustaches. Yes, moustaches. November is also Movember, the month dedicated to men growing out their moustaches in support of men's health.
How it Got Started
The concept of Movember came about organically in 2003 when a bunch of friends in Melbourne, Australia decide to grow moustaches. The group of 30 guys ended up getting so much attention for their new facial hair that they decided to raise money to grow their moustaches out for the next year. Thus began the now international Movember movement.
Supporting a Good Cause
Movember raises money for issues effecting men's health, particularly prostrate cancer, testicular cancer, and depression and suicide. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer, after skin cancer, among men in the US according to the American Cancer Society. About one out of every 263 men will develop testicular cancer in their lifetime. And maybe most surprisingly, men are 4x more likely to die by suicide than women and it is the eighth leading cause of death for men in the US.
All of these health concerns can be deadly, but are actually treatable with early detection and diagnosis, and many of Movember's campaigns focus on prevention and spreading awareness.
How to Get Involved?
Participating in Movember requires more than just growing a moustache. The key to its success is in raising money and spreading awareness. If you choose to grow a 'stache, start with a clean face, no beard, no sideburns. and do not shave your 'stache until the end of the month. Raise money from friends and family to support your moustache growing and the Movember Foundation. Talk about your moustache a lot. Most find sporting a 'stache is a great conversation starter and a perfect opportunity to spread men's health awareness.
Can't Grow a Stache?
If you can't grow a moustache, don't fret- there are ways you can participate too by checking out the Movember website, where you can donate and get inspiration on how to share the Movember mission.