Movember is all about bringing back the moustache or ‘Mo’ for the month of November.
It’s about having a bit of fun and putting a spotlight on men’s health, which doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
It is for awareness of men’s health in general, but in particular; prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
The appearance of new hair on a gentleman’s or ‘Mo Bro’s’ face will be like a walking-talking billboard, promoting the health message. The moustache is a way of generating conversations, awareness and of raising funds for men’s health.
The rules of Movember:-
1) Sign up at Movember.com. Each ‘Mo Bro’ must begin on 1st November with a fresh, clean shaven face.
2) Grow and groom a moustache for the 30 days of November
3) NO fake moustache NO beards NO goatees. That’s cheating!
4) Use the facial hair to stimulate conversation and raise funds for men’s health
5) You must conduct yourself like a true gentleman!
It is well known that men visit GP’s and other health professionals less frequently than women, and the average life expectancy for men is on average 4 years less than for women. The reasons for this are numerous and complex but include:-
- Men being unwilling to discuss their health, or how they feel.
- Stigma around mental health in particular
- Men feeling they ‘need to be tough and get on with it’
- Reluctance to ask for help unless feeling unwell physically
- Lack of understanding and awareness of men’s health issues.
- Started in Australia in 2003
- Over 100 million people have grown a moustache worldwide due to Movember
- Raises in excess of 75 Million US Dollars equivalent each year, worldwide
- Facial hair grows at around ½ inch a month
- The world’s longest moustache is over 14 feet long
- Over 99% of testicular cancers and most prostate cancers can be cured if caught early
Together we can make a difference as well as having some fun over the month of Movember. Please think about joining in and encouraging others.
Bring on facial hair cultivation and create a dodgy Mo!