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Why is November celebrated as Movember around the world?

Written by Tasneem Khan

This  November more men will be growing — and grooming — a dapper moustache as Movember becomes increasingly popular.

With the state of men’s health in crisis, Movember focuses on men’s health in a bid to reduce the number of men dying needlessly each year.

Movember is an annual charity event that takes place across the month of November, where men grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men’s health projects.

It targets the most prominent health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

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Since Movember first started in Australia in 2003, the foundation has grown to fund more than 1,200 men’s health initiatives across 21 countries.

It is the only charity to take on men’s health on a global scale.

On average, men die six years earlier than women.

Tragically, the leading cause of death for Australian men is suicide. Three out of four suicides are committed by men — that’s more than half a million men taking their own life each year, or one man every minute.

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The rate of prostate cancer is set to double in the next 15 years, and the rate of testicular cancer has already doubled in the last 50 years.

It’s a global crisis faced by our brothers, fathers, partners and friends. And this is where Movember comes in.

Movember, which is independent of government funding, finds and funds the most innovative research for both global and local impact.

They also campaign to bring the facts to men on a global scale, create services that work, listen to the community and change behaviour for the better.

A whopping $80 million was raised for men’s health last year alone, with more than one million donations.

 

 

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