If you haven’t heard of Movember before now then here’s a quick summary: This is a charitable cause encouraging men to grow out their facial hair (namely their moustaches) during the month of November in order to raise awareness men’s health. In particular, the issues of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and their symptoms.
Each ‘Mo Bro’ (a person participating in Movember) must be clean-shaven on November 1st and then refrain from shaving their moustaches. Sideburns are okay, but they must not touch the moustache (that counts as a beard) and handle-bars must not touch the chin (that counts as a goatee) and must groom their moustache as it grows throughout the month.
People are sponsored to take part and proceeds go toward cancer research institutes. In the UK, money raised will go to the Institute of Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer UK. Last year, the movement raised £79.3 million worldwide.
The movement has seen incredible success, with increased awareness not just of the symptoms of cancer, but also with men’s health overall. In fact, healthy lifestyle changes can see a dramatic turnaround in the overall quality and length of life, plus a reduction in the chances of developing cancer.
Many businesses are taking part in Movember 2012, including health practices. Harley Street Health Centre is proudly taking part and have listed several symptoms that men should check with their doctor, plus you can follow their moustache growing progress on the Harley Street Health Centre Blog.
What do you think of Movember? Are you taking part or is someone you know growing a moustache? Let us know!