What Does No Shave November and Movember Mean?

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Cancer Awareness

The worldwide Movember movement had its origins in a pub in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. A couple of Aussie blokes struck upon the idea of encouraging their mates to grow a mustache as a fundraising idea to help a friend with breast cancer. Each guy was charged $10 to grow a mo. With the success of the venture, they decided to make the focus about preventing cancer in men going forward.

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  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Poor Mental Health
  • Physical Inactivity

Movember Foundation

The Aussie guys who started Movember back in 2003 organized themselves into a foundation. They were given charity status in 2007. In 2010, the Movember Foundation initiated the Moscars, a take-off of the Oscars by which people from around the world were able to submit a four-minute video highlighting their efforts in support of the Movember cause. Every year, the foundation also chooses their International Man of Movember, drawn from twenty-one national winners.

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How to Support Movember

Cancer is a huge, imposing enemy. As individuals, we can feel powerless to do anything about it. The beauty of Movember is that it gives each of us a way to have a meaningful impact on the issue. By making the decision to let our facial hair grow, we are able to show our support in a tangible way.

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What Happens to the Money?

The money that is raised each year from the Movember movement goes toward funding research into prostate and testicular cancer. A portion also goes toward providing support for men who are living with these two cancers. Other monies are directed toward supporting men with mental health struggles. This includes funding the provision of mentors for young men who are dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts.

Prostate and Testicular Cancer Facts

Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, which is a little walnut-shaped gland inside the groin. It is about the size of a ping pong ball. It is likely that you will not experience any symptoms at the onset of prostate cancer. Over time, however, you may experience the following:

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  • Painful and weak urination
  • Bloody urine and/or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction

National Cancer Prevention Month

November isn’t the only month with a cancer focus. February is national cancer prevention month. The focus during February is on cancer prevention for both men and women. Promotion is given to incorporating healthy lifestyle changes and early detection strategies.

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