Fall weather may have begun a little later this year, but Movember? It's right on time. The time has come to grow out your stache for a good cause. Why? Movember is a movement that uses your facial hair to bring attention to serious health issues that men encounter everyday, both physically and mentally.
Most importantly - Movember revolves around the idea of preventing men from dying too young.
Movember is more than funny facial hair and selfies. The idea is to grow a 'stache for the entire month of November as a way to raise awareness and start more conversations about the issues facing men's health. Movember specifically focuses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health/depression.
Before you start picking out your mo, it's important you educate yourself on the, pardon the pun, hairy statistics facing men out there. Knowing the facts is the perfect start for building a community of men dedicated to supporting health.
Before reading further, ask yourself what you already know about prostate cancer. If you can’t come up with anything, you’re in the majority. Isn’t that unsettling?
Let’s start with the chances. 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. If detected early, there's a 98% chance of survival. If detected late, that percentage drops dramatically to 26%.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men - and the older you get, the higher your chances.
In the United States, testicular cancer is most commonly diagnosed in young men. Every man should be performing self tests every couple months, such as checking for a change in shape or size, any lumps, or pain.
Bottom line is check yourself. It only takes a few seconds of your time, but has much larger implications for your future.
Most men don’t feel comfortable talking about their feelings. It doesn’t fit the “tough guy” image we're trying to depict. The statistics of depression among men are alarming though. 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) in the United States are men. Yes - you read that right. 75%.
Society needs to recognize that a strong man is okay letting his guard down and asking for help when he needs it. Also, it's imperative we do our part. If you notice someone who doesn’t seem like themselves, be the friend that talks to them. It could just save their life.
I'm in. What do I do next?
Movember is about raising awareness and fundraising for men's health research. If you can't grow your moustache out for a full month, then commit to starting conversations about men's health issues. Be intentional and even consider donating to the Movember Foundation to help in ongoing research.
If you are able to participate, start out fresh faced November 1st. Choose your style of stache, and continue to groom it throughout the month. Hopefully, people will start to notice. And when they ask why: say it loud and proud! Spreading awareness is the most important part of the Movember campaign.
If you want to take it a step further, join our team and donate to the cause! Donate yourself. Ask friends and family to donate or even coworkers. Head on over to our Supply Mo Team page and join. When you do, you will be prompted to create your own profile on the site, and you'll be able to keep track of all the money you (& our Supply team) have raised over the course of the month.
Added bonus: we're offering some awesome Supply gear as incentives for reaching certain fundraising goals, AND every Supply Mo team member will be entered into a drawing for a free Single Edge, regardless of amount raised.
Join our team now and let's do our part to stop men from dying young.