Movember is also known as no shave November.
You may be wondering how this all began. Why not shave for a month?
No shave November/Movember began in Australia in 2003 to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. This makes sense since it is mainly known for men growing out their beards and mustaches.
No shave November’s (a separate organization) main purpose is to donate the money you would use to buy grooming products for the month of November to the American Cancer Society. This organization was founded on Facebook in 2009.
More recently this has become something fun to do, and in some cases, guys to have an excuse to live their facial hair dream. If you cannot grow a luscious bear or stash, you are still welcome to join this movement because no one has a perfect beard or mustache. According to Paul Cousgrove, the chief executive of the American Mustache Institute says “there’s no such thing as a perfect mustache. Every mustache is perfect in its own unique way; they’re the snowflakes of the face.”
This month isn’t only for the men to participate in. Of course wives, girlfriends, or friends can mention this to the men in their lives, but if you’re feeling it ladies, you can join the Movember movement as well!
ABC News states that “Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in the United States with an estimated 233,000 new cases in 2014, according to the National Cancer Institute. That means it accounts for 14 percent of all new cancer cases.” Over 8 thousand people have been diagnosed with this cancer in a given year and over 300 people will die from it. Next, to heart disease, this is the next leading source of death in the United States.
You can post a selfie and put #Movember or #NoShaveNovember to spread the awareness of this life-threatening cancer and show off that luscious facial hair.
Over the years, the mention of #Movember and other mentions like it have grown.
Will you #participate?
By: Jessica Rohe