No Shave November: mustaches against prostate cancer

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Hello November. Goodbye October. November begins no shave month, also known as Movember a month millions of men raise awareness about prostate cancer and other male cancers.

No Shave November is a prostate cancer awareness campaign that began in Australia in 2003. The movement spread quick and has raised millions for men's health issues.

Here's how No Shave November or Movember works:

Participants register at the Movember website. (Register here). Once registered, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. But for the rest of the month, the men now known as "Mo Bros" will trim, groom, and "wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery."

Participants are supported by the "women in their lives, Mo Sistas." The Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking sponsors for their Mo-growing efforts.

Movember isn't a month to grow reckless beards, it's about moustaches. By growing their mustaches, the formerly clean shaven men become "walking talking billboards for the 30 days of November." Their actions and words will raise awareness by prompting public and private conversation around the ignored issue of men's health. (Movember website).

Movember has growing rules: the mustache can't touch sideburns and mustache handlebars can't join the chin.

Movember awards prize drawings to participants who raise money. There is also a "Best Mo Space" slot for teh winner chosen from a selection of the highest rated Mo Space pages.

Funds raised during Movember supports research for prostate and other cancers that affect men.

Since the first movement began in Melbourne, Australia Movember has become a global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million men and participate in formal campaigns in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand. Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland.

Movember also boasts participants in the cause from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antartica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai and "everywhere in between."

Last year, Movember 2010 raised 7.5 million US dollars with the support of 64,500+ Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.

photo: Michael Attree's handlebar mustache

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