Pink ribbons give way to mustaches as ‘Movember’ raises awareness of cancer in men

Just a few days in and November has already flooded San Francisco streets with World Series celebrations and painted the nation’s political maps red.

Thanks to Movember, it’s also a month of “changing the face of men’s health” by fusing mustaches with the month of November as a time to raise awareness about cancers that affect men. The idea for Movember, which the website says was sparked over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia, back in 2003, is for men around the globe to grow a mustache -- and raise money for cancer research.

“Mo Bros,” as the site calls them, start the month cleanshaven and register at (registration is still open). Throughout the month, men grow their mustaches to raise awareness and gather donations for their Movember account.

The donations in the United States go to benefit research for better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer through the Prostate Cancer Foundation and for young adults with cancer through LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance.


For men out there who can’t quite grow their ‘stache out to fulfill the ridiculously high expectations set by the likes of Tom Selleck and Geraldo Rivera (including me, but I’m trying!), and women who want to help, you can donate to an individual or a team, or make a general donation at Movember’s website.

In 2004, the first year of raising awareness and funding through Movember, 432 participants raised $55,000. Last year, more than 250,000 participants raised $42 million.

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