Mustache Brings Awareness to Men’s Health Woes, Charity 101

Anchorman mustacheMy Mom might be the kindest woman you’ll ever meet, but she’s got a bee in her bonnet about charities.

She’d rather help a friend herself than write a check to a stranger essentially doing the same thing. As a result, I grew up without an appreciation for charitable giving.

That ends in November, or should I say, “Movember.”

In two days I’ll start growing a mustache to raise money for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. Its part of the global Movember movement, and it means I’ll look like a reject from a ’70s B-movie in 30 short days.

It’s a small price to pay for doing good.

Here’s some facts according to Movember:

  • In the US, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer. In 2013, over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the US alone.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35. It starts as an abnormal growth or tumor that develops in one or both testicles. It is a highly treatable type of cancer with a very good cure rate (about 95%) if found and treated early.

So where does a mustache fit into the equation? Well, it’s a uniquely masculine effort, and these days growing one is a conversation starter. The Movember crowd is all about raising awareness, starting a dialogue and convincing men to get regular medical check-ups. Prostate and testicular cancers are treatable if detected early.

I’m not sure what puts me further out of my comfort zone – growing a mustache or asking friends and family to donate on my behalf. I had a mustache for two days a while back after shaving off my beard. It was part of a Halloween costume, but I still got the stink eye from the Missus as a result.

I know next to nothing about fundraising, period.

So here goes “nothing.” If you’d like to donate to the fight against prostate and testicular cancer visit my personal Movember page.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to find a mustache comb.

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