No Shave November: What you Need to Know to Help Raise Prostate Cancer Awareness

No Shave November Rules

No shave November kicks off today. Thousands of men’s faces around the world will be clean shaved on this first day of November or as it’s known, Movember.  Movember and No Shave November are often confused with each other.  Some people have confused the facial hair contest called No Shave November, with the charity event, Movember. The facial hair growing contest No Shave November has participants not shaving at all for the month. Unlike Movember, No Shave November does not raise funds for testicular and prostate cancer research and allows participants to grow facial hair other than moustaches.

No Shave November Pictures

These men that participate in Movember will help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting the often ignored issue of men’s health.

On the Movember website they talk about the funds being raised. “The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.”

So what are the Movember Rules? First thing, as mentioned above, on November 1st you must start with a clean shaved face. Second, For the entire month of November, each “Mo Bro” must grow and groom a moustache. Third rule of Movember, no joining your moustache with your sideburns, that’s considered a beard. Fourth, which goes along with the third rule, no joining the handlebars to your chin, that’s a goatee. And the last rule in No Shave November, each man must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 2004. A group of 30 men organized an event where they would grow a moustache for 30 days in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men. Later, they became known as the Movember Foundation charity. Since that time, Movember has raised $299 million global funds.

Prostate Cancer affects 1 in 6 men and is the most common non-skin cancer in America. More than 2 million American men are currently living with prostate cancer, according to estimates. A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The real question everyone always wants to know, is prostate cancer curable? If the cancer is caught early and is treated, the chances the of the patient being disease-free is higher. According to PCF (Prostate Cancer Foundation), “approximately 90% of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, so the cure rate is very high: Nearly 100% of men diagnosed and treated at this stage will be disease-free after five years.However, prostate cancer is still a deadly disease. A man with prostate cancer has a 1 in 6 – 8 chance of dying from the disease, and nearly 88 American men die from it every day. Determining which men will die from prostate cancer and which men will die with prostate cancer is an active area of research.”

Will you be participating in No Shave November / Movember?  The real thinker of Movember is what kind of moustache do you plan on trying to style.

Movember / No Shave November

This Movember, join TOMS (and our awesome partner) in the fight for men’s health and prostate cancer foundation.

Movember: The Movie

Movember is the month where men and women everywhere raise awareness for prostate cancer by growing a moustache (men) and raising money. This November growing one can change everything.

Moustache Styles

Choose your mo-style and grow! You guys only need to grow one for Movember.

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