November Is a Time for Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

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In recognition of the unofficial Prostate and Testicular Cancer Awareness month, many men will be growing mustaches to raise awareness. The movement, known as Movember, spurs supporters to sprout soup strainers during this month to “change the face of men’s health” and raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancers.

But it’s not just about the lip warmers. Movember also looks to raise money for research, education, and outreach. The movement has raised nearly $300 million so far and more than $125 million last year alone. Like the fight against breast cancer, both women and men are both encouraged to channel their inner Ron Swanson and get involved.

Also onboard to help the rest of your face stay looking good through turkey carving is Gillette, which has launched a Facebook app that will create a time lapse video of the spread of your ‘stache over the coming days and weeks. Best of all, for each photo uploaded, Gillette will donate a dollar (up to $50,000) to the Zero Project to end prostate cancer.

One in six men end up being affected by prostate cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. Testicular cancer is less common, affecting about 1 in 270, but the good news is that both prostate and testicular cancers are very curable if caught early. Symptoms aren’t always obvious, so ask at your next annual physical.

[Edit: Gillette donation amount was adjusted to reflect a new level.]

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