It's 'Movember'! Get Your Man to Grow a Mustache for Cancer

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ryan gosling mustacheHappy Movember, everyone! No, that's not a typo. Movember is the month when people raise awareness about an important men's health issue -- and it's related to mustaches. I'm not talking about the risk of food poisoning from crumbs left in mustaches -- although, ew guys, you should really look into that. I'm talking about thousands of men growing mustaches to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Movember is an awareness and fundraising campaign for prostate cancer that started in Australia and then went global. This month men can join the effort, start growing their mustaches, help raise funds for prostate cancer research, and even throw their own fundraising party. Did I mention Ryan Gosling is involved in this campaign? Oh yeah. Read on for a list of other reasons why you need to get your man on board the Movember train.

First of all, mustaches are hot. Remember the 1980s, when mustaches were for sleazy, Corvette-driving porn stars and private investigators? Things are so different now. Check out these stars who have rocked a 'stache in recent years.

Prostate cancer is not so hot. 240,890 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and 33,720 men will die, according to Movember's website. A man dies of prostate cancer every 15.6 minutes.

Except that prostate cancer kind of is hot. In a bad way. A whopping 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It's the most frequently-diagnosed cancer for men.

Mo money. Last year's Mo Bros (men who sign up to participate in Movember) and their Mo Sista friends raised $7.5 million for prostate cancer research and education.

Ryan Gosling. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention what Ryan Gosling has to do with all of this. One of the highlights of Movember is The Moscars, a video contest that celebrates "the greatest mustache-inspired video achievements" of the year. The videos will be judged by Ryan Gosling along with fellow Mo Bros Derek Waters, Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle, and Malin Akerman.

In other words, Movember is all about mustaches and men's health. If there's a man in your life who is age 50 or older, he needs to get screened for prostate cancer every year. If there's a history of cancer in the family, he should start at age 40. The good news is that if caught early, prostate cancer is 90 percent curable. But we all know how cranky men can be about getting those check-ups. That's why Movember is here -- to help you motivate the men in your life in a fun way.

Are you going to tell the men in your life about Movember? And what do you think about mustaches -- hot or not?

 

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