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Fighting men's cancers with facial hair

October 28, 2009 | 12:47 pm

Moustache A campaign to raise the public's awareness of prostate and testicular is underway around the world, although it's perhaps not noticeable just yet. The annual event, called Movember, encourages men to grow moustaches for the month of November and for women to like it (at least for one month). Mo is slang for moustache.

Launched in 2003 in Australia, the event has become a worldwide phenomenon and has raised $47 million to support education and research, including support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Men can register to join the campaign at During November, $1 from the sale of each Dermalogica Shave retail product will be donated to the cause.

After a month of pink (breast cancer awareness), a little facial hair doesn't seem too much to ask. Prostate cancer will be diagnosed in one of six men during their lifetime. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer afflicting men ages 18 to 35.

-- Shari Roan

Photo credit: Movember participants

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This sounds fun, but will it compete with the long tradition of "No-shave November"? I've been growing facial hair since 14, and have known about "No-shave November" since then. Obviously not shaving will lead to a mustache for most, so I guess it works for both? Oh, and still not convinced that "Movember" is catchy enough...


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