It’s the first day of Movember, the month formerly known as November. The month when men all over the world grow creepy mustaches to raise awareness – and money – for causes that seek to keep men from dying too young.
Today I do my official Movember manscaping, as I begin the month clean shaven and grow a mustache for the next thirty days.
Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has been on the only global charity with the sole focus of tackling issues affecting men’s health. Mo-Bros and Mo-Sistas have helped raise over $710 million and funded 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects in 21 countries for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention, while positively challenging the way in which men’s health issues are addressed.
Men are dying too young, and the rates of these casualties are staggering:
- Prostate Cancer: In the U.S., prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States. Statistics show that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Testicular Cancer: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-34. And, unfortunately, the rate of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has doubled in the last 50 years. About 8,720 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in men each year.
- Mental Health: Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk for suicide among men. More than three times as many men as women die by suicide in the U.S. And on average 87 men each day take their life by suicide.
For more information check out, check the Movember Foundation, where you can learn more about the work they do and how you can help!