Happy Movember!

by: cancercompass

Have you noticed something different going on since the month of November began? Perhaps the men in your life have stopped shaving and have opted to grow something new above their lip? If so, it’s not laziness (well, for some it might be), it’s actually in honor of Movember.

During the month of November, men throughout the United States - and even throughout the world - have started growing moustaches in order to raise awareness and funds in honor of men’s health. Specifically, Movember brings attention to prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

The idea is to register at www.movember.com and start off the month of November with a clean shave. Then, participating men can chuck their razors out the window and let the facial hair grow until December 1. At that point, the men can opt to keep their new ‘do or shave it all off.  As annoying as this may be for the women in their lives, it is important to stand by your prickly men for this important cause.

While some men raise funds and seek out sponsorships, you can certainly support Movember by just growing out those whiskers, or encouraging the men in your life to do the same. When someone asks if you lost your razor, just say: “Nope, I’m growing a moustache in honor of Men’s Health.” You can even take it a step further by providing some of these important facts below, courtesy of Movember.com:

  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35. In 2012, 8,590 men will be diagnosed with the disease and 360 will die.
  • While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 2,140 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 450 men will die from the disease in 2012.
  • More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.
  • 24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women.

So if you see a man walking down the street rocking a killer moustache, take a moment to stop him and thank him for his efforts this Movember.