In 2003, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery unintentionally began the now global movement ‘Movember’ in Australia. The joke started amongst their friends to bring back the fashion of growing a moustache. They then decided to associate the challenge with a blue ribbon to campaign for men’s health awareness and soon found that 30 of their friends were willing to take the challenge.
The original pioneers of No-Shave November chose to use the challenge of growing a moustache to raise awareness for prostate cancer. After contacting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the funds they had raised were accepted. By the following year, there were 450 participants in Australia, the UK, and Spain.
Today, No-Shave November has travelled across the globe, raising over $13 million (USD) and sponsoring more than 1,250 men’s health projects so far. The money raised supports men’s health research and organizations that provide funding and aid for men.
How to participate in No-Shave November
This month specifically raises awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues. Statistically, men have fewer support systems than women regarding physical and mental health. No-Shave November aims to change that and continue providing men with the resources they need to navigate their diagnosis and improve their health. Here’s how you can participate and support this cause:
- Grow a moustache and share your progress on social media to raise awareness
- Donate money to a cause related to men’s health
- Get an annual exam by your primary care provider
- Talk to your doctor about screening for prostate cancer and testicular cancer
- Share facts and statistics about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health with your family and friends and through social media
- Do a month-long challenge of eating healthy and exercising daily
Learn more about prostate cancer and non-cancer prostate conditions
One of the best ways to raise your awareness of prostate cancer and men’s health is to equip yourself with knowledge and facts supported by medical research. As the diplomat Kofi Annan wisely says, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
General prostate information:
Tips on maintaining a healthy prostate:
Screening and treatments:
Support for men:
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