If you’ve noticed an unusually large amount of dudes with unruly facial hair in the past week or so — what are you, the grooming police? — there’s a good reason: They’re growing mustaches to help in the fight against cancer.
How exactly does that help? Well, because it’s Movember, of course. There are lots of charities and charitable events out there, but Movember sets itself apart. One, instead of making people wear ribbons, it provides a bullet-proof excuse to grow insane facial hair, which is awesome. (“Well sir, I’m not shaving for work in order to beat cancer. Are you … pro-cancer?”) And two, it focuses on health problems that specifically target men — like prostate and testicular cancer.
Movember began in 2004, and has since grown into a global vehicle for cancer awareness. To give you an idea of how important that is, check out these stats:
* 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes.
* Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34 years old.
* More than 200,000 new cases and roughly 30,000 deaths are credited to prostate cancer each year.
* Testicular cancer is almost always treatable if it’s diagnosed early enough.
* Both diseases can put a real crimp in your sex life.
Head to Movember.com to find out how you can turn ill-advised facial hair into donations to beat cancer.