Grow a Mustache for Movember — and Support Cancer Research

On your mark, get set, grow!

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Throw out your razors, boys — it’s that time of year again. With Halloween behind us, there really is only one thing for the strapping young males of this world to worry about come Nov. 1: Movember. A movement that began in Melbourne back in 2003 with only 30 participants, Movember — a monthlong attempt by the follicularly endowed to grow mustaches for charity — has become a global phenomenon, with more than 1.9 million followers worldwide.

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However, there are rules involved in taking part in this November fun. Adam Garone, who has participated in Movember since its inception, explained the rules associated with the art of growing a mustache to the Huffington Post:

  1. You must begin on Nov. 1 completely clean-shaven.
  2. Sideburns and mustaches must not be connected – that is a beard.
  3. Joining the mustache under your chin is a goatee, not a real mustache!
  4. You must behave like a true gentleman.

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But aside from promoting gentlemanly behavior, Movember focuses mainly on raising awareness and funds for prostate- and testicular-cancer research. One in six American males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, according to the Yale Medical Group. All funds raised through the official Movember.com organization go to supporting cancer initiatives like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.

The organizers behind Movember.com encourage men “to grow mustaches by creating an innovative, fun and engaging annual Movember campaign that raises funds and awareness globally.” Last year over 845,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (who don’t have to grow beards, just support their Mo Bros) got involved, raising more than $126 million. So whether you want to look as creative as Dalí, as intelligent as Einstein or as dashing as Sean Connery, now is the time to start cultivating that facial hair. Your own health could be at stake.

2 comments
susanpreston777
susanpreston777

How dare you promote more illness especially when flu season starts or are you pare of a large conspiracy to make millions of people sick?

susanpreston777
susanpreston777

Mustaches and beards are a disgusting threat to the rest of the population with all the bacteria in their facial hair! Just imagine, every time they sneeze or if they have allergies all that liquid oozing from their nose settle in the mustache and the beard and then, every time they go into a supermarket, book store or any other public place, they are spreading all that bacteria. Imagine sitting or standing on a subway next to or on an airplane seat one of them used.  Many medical and news sources are spreading the word. Sources of Medical reports by CBC in Canada and the Huffington Post in the US validate this.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/11/15/sci-moustaches-movember.html and yet another
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/15/movember-moustache-hazards-_n_2139520.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2018743/Strange-health-tips-Shave-moustache-beat-hay-fever-.html#axzz2KH1g7DiZ