“Men’s health.” To many of us, the term might seem oxymoronic. There are some things a lot of us men would just as soon not address – the need to update our wardrobes, preparation for a visit from the in-laws, going to our significant other’s friend’s dog’s birthday party, and of course, men’s health issues. Topics relating to prostate and testicular cancers, as well as men’s mental health, are frequently swept under the rug, or worse, people lack awareness of them in the first place. The Movember Foundation is trying to change that, and they’re gaining momentum every year
What Is Movember?
For those who aren’t yet up to speed on what Movember actually is, we’ll provide a quick primer. Started in the early 2000s in Australia, Movember is a movement that encourages participants to grow out their mustaches for the month of November to help boost public awareness of men’s health issues and raise funding for programs directed at cancer research and awareness efforts. According to the official website, “The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.” Participants are encouraged to register with the official Movember website and form fundraising teams. Here, Movember participants can show off their mo’s and compete with other teams in fundraising battles. Of course, just growing out a mustache and telling others why you’re doing it contributes to the cause as well, and everyone is encouraged to contribute in whatever way(s) they can.