Remember, remember the month of Movember

By Anne Mackie

The month of the moustache, Movember, marks the annual appreciation of one aspect of male beauty – our fellas and their facial hair.  During the month of November men all over the world unite in masculinity and for once it’s not about the girls and all about the cause.

The initial concept for Movember was grafted in 2003 and despite no money being raised, the event inevitably caught on. Last year, 255,755 people participated raising £26 million for Prostate and Testicular cancer.

Glasgow based NHS manager, Lee Brown is supporting the event alone, turning his back on his usual clean cut look for something a little more rough. Brown is documenting his “mo-gress” on his Facebook profile, posting photographs and documenting his feelings on the subject. Brown said:

“I’ve had the same look all my 30 odd years. What better way to celebrate a change than to do it for charity? Facial hair is an innate element of what it means to be male. I can’t think of a better way to combat a disease that threatens male organs!”

Lee Brown at the beginning the month

And the girls need not feel left out. The campaign urges woman to become ‘Mo Sistas’ and help support and encourage their ‘Mo Bros’ throughout the month.

While it may cause laughs, it’s no laughing matter. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. In 2008 Cancer Research recorded that there were 913,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer worldwide.

All men taking part should register through Movember UK to enable donations to be made – the most successful applicants will receive prizes at the beginning of December.

So lads, show that Mo, and help revolutionize the face of men’s health!