Movember, or No-Shave November, is an annual event in November in which men grow moustaches (or facial hair, in general) to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer. The idea is to raise awareness by letting your hair, which many cancer patients lose, grow wild and free. Oftentimes, people will donate the money normally spent on shaving and grooming.
Movember aims at encouraging men to be more aware of their health, leading to an increase in early cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment, and an overall decrease in the number of preventable deaths. In addition to a more active approach to their health, Movember also encourages men to learn of any family history of cancer.
The term “Movember” was originally created in 1999 when a group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia came up with the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout November. A news report picked up the story and the idea began spreading, soon becoming a nationwide phenomenon. In 2004, a group in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, separate from the original group, organized an event in which 30 men would grow a moustache for the 30 days in November to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression. This group would later go on to become the Movember Foundation charity.
Since its creation, the Movember Foundation has raised $446 million worldwide. The United States, alone, raised over $7.5 million in 2010. These funds help support men’s health programs that work to fight against prostate and testicular cancer and mental health illnesses.
Check out Discovery’s involvement with Movember at our Movember network page, and Grab Life by the Mo page!! For more information on Movember and ways you can get involved, check out the Movember Foundation’s website.