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Movember

Hey fellas, did you shave yesterday? How about this morning? Even your upper lip? If so, other guys have a head start, so you’ll have some catching up to do for the month.

This month, like the eleventh month of the past several years, has been re-named Movember. It is the Month of the Moustache, that hirsute time when men the world over adorn their frenulums (or is it frenula?) with fur to bring cheeky attention to cancers that affect men and other male health issues. It is the testosterone answer to pink ribbons, never in opposition to, but in addition to…

The Mo Bros get conversations going and raise funds by getting sponsors for their folicle folly. This year, funds raised by mustachioed males go to support:

Prostate Cancer Foundation
LIVESTRONG, The Lance Armstrong Foundation
Awareness & Education
Global Action Plan

So be sure, as the cold November winds begin to howl, that you keep your lip warm, and proudly display your support for Movember. Last year, over 1.1 million men worldwide took the Movember challenge–that’s a lot of attention paid to men’s health, and a lot of donations.

Go, grow, and talk about men’s health.

Movember: (Upper) Lip Service

The month of November is MOVEMBER, when men worldwide grow moustaches to bring attention to prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. “The moustache is our ribbon…like the commitment to walk or run for charity, for 30 days we grow.”

It is a subtle but dramatic stand, and men can do a simple registration process here so friends and family, co-workers and clients can pledge funds to support the cause. The donations go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and LIVESTRONG.

The PCF uses the money raised by Movember to fund research that is accelerating the discovery of better treatments and ultimately finding a cure for prostate cancer.  One such program is the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s research, which has recently made a significant breakthrough.  They identified 24 different kinds of prostate cancer and how aggressive each is.  This should enable scientists to soon be able to answer the agonizing question facing men with prostate cancer: does their cancer need immediate treatment, and if so what is the best treatment, or can it be left alone?

LIVESTRONG uses the money raised by Movember to fund important programs to support young adults and their families battling and surviving cancer.  These programs include:

•     Fertile Hope, an initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

•      My Planet, an online community of peer support that allows young adults to find and communicate with other young adults whose lives have been affected by cancer.

•      Continuing Nursing Education program on Young Adult Cancer Survivorship. LIVESTRONG encourage nurses to know the warning signs of cancer, understand what types of cancer for which young adults may be at risk, and learn about cancer screening.

So get growing, or support them man in your life that is getting a little shaggy for a cause. All hail Magnum P.I.