We ‘Moustache’ You a Question – Are you Growing Yours for Movember?

MovemberFriday 1st November will begin a month long awareness campaign where Men’s Health is brought to the forefront of discussion.

Many of you will of course nowadays refer to November by the moniker it has since taken on in recent times – ‘Movember’.

It is a time when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, and women help to support them, in aid of raising awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The humble beginnings of Movember can be traced back to an evening in 2003 in Australia, when two friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) met for a beer in Melbourne, and the idea that sparked Movember was began.

The moustache had at that time been consigned to the fashion scrapheap, but they liked the idea of bringing it back and subsequently found 30 guys willing to participate in the challenge, all growing a moustache for the month of November, with friends, family and work colleagues all willing to donate money to their efforts.

Since those heady days of 2003, Movember has created a movement of over 5 million supporters across the world, funding in excess of 1,200 men’s health projects spanning over 20 different countries.

During Movember when men around the world unite for a common cause and committing to 30 hairy days and nights, there is usually an equally awesome ‘Mo Sista’, acting as a driving force, and providing invaluable support when it comes to getting things grown.

Mo Sistas are women who love a good and well-groomed moustache, and who fully appreciate the importance of men taking care of their health. They play a vital role in supporting the journey of a Mo Bro, not least by being supportive of their courageous commitment. A kind word of encouragement, a wink or a smile of recognition can go a long way to helping a Mo Bro as he navigates the hairy waters of Movember.

Prostate Cancer UK is the main beneficiary of the Movember campaign. For the last ten years, the fantastic efforts of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from across the UK have significantly contributed to the charities initiatives and support to men.

In fact, since its foundation, Movember has managed to raise over £400 million for men’s health issues – much of which has been invested in the Movember Centres of Excellence and True NTH.

Overall, Movember aims to focus on three key focus areas that have a huge impact on men’s health:

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK.

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49.

Poor Mental Health

On average, 13 men each day take their life by suicide in the UK.

By the year 2030 the hope is that the efforts of Movember will actually help to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% and for the month of November your moustache will transform you into a walking, talking billboard for men’s health.

You can also take part in Movember in a whole range of other ways, as well as making a donation to an individual or group who are involved in the month-long event.

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