The time of year has come back round to stop shaving and grow a moustache to fundraise for men’s health charity, Movember.

Men are facing a health crisis that people are not conscious of, they are dying too young and the Movember Foundation are taking action and need people to help them.

Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women in the UK largely by reasons that can be prevented, it is not biology that is dictating that.

The purpose of growing a moustache is to get people talking to spread awareness for the charity nationally, enabling fundraising for men’s health projects to drive the next wave of breakthrough for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Paul Mitcheson, Regional Director for Europe at the Movember Foundation said: “Growing a moustache is a change of behaviour and sparks people talking. It opens up conversations about the issues men face and what we need to do to change things.”

Audio: Paul Mitcheson explains the wonder behind growing a moustache.

“GROWING A MOUSTACHE IS A CHANGE OF BEHAVIOUR”
PAUL MITCHESON, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE, MOVEMBER FOUNDATION

The number of men that get prostate cancer is roughly equivalent to the number of women who get breast cancer. The moustache symbol for men’s health was inspired by the pink ribbon for breast cancer and the breast cancer awareness work that has been achieved.

  • MEN ARE DYING 4 YEARS YOUNGER THAN WOMEN IN THE UK
  • 78% OF SUICIDES IN THE UK ARE MEN
  • 13 MEN TAKE THEIR LIVE ON AVERAGE EVERY DAY IN THE UK

Why not grow your moustache this Movember for a great cause?

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The Movember Foundation are the only charity undertaking men’s health. The charity look at some of the major health issues that men face from prostate cancer to mental health.

Paul Mitcheson, Regional Director for Europe for the Movember Foundation said: “Prostate cancer is something most guys and people don’t know about and is massively under-funded.”

He went on to say, “Everyone has men in their lives that they care about, it was quite tricky for women to get involved before but their is more opportunity now”.

Along with growing a moustache, there is an incentive that women can get involved in also. This is the Move challenge where the Movember Foundation are encouraging people to raise money for men’s health by doing something from running a race to dressing up in costume doing something active.

Audio: Paul Mitcheson speaks about how women can get involved.

The Movember Foundation was set up in 2003 and is now a massive worldwide support system for men’s health charities due to the help of over 5 million people.

The foundation have said: “We wouldn’t be where we are now without the enthusiasm of all those men and women around the globe.”

Audio: What the Movember foundation is and what they aim to do.

They have funded over 1,200 men’s health projects around the world over the 13 years they have been set up.

By 2030 the charity want to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.