This November, your boyfriend may be growing out his beard.
But dont worry: Its for a good cause! No Shave November is The MovemberFoundations movementto raise awareness and funds for an array of serious mens health issues.
So, when your dudes scruff starts growing into a full on mustache or nice, scraggly beard this month and you just so happen to hate it just remember hes sporting his new, thick facial hair for a few pretty amazing reasons:
Hesraising awareness fortesticular and prostate cancer.
This year, about8,000 menwill be diagnosed with testicular cancer, half of whomwill bebetween the ages of 20 and 34, according to the American Cancer Society.
Not only are most of these cases affectingmillennials, but its also the most common form of cancer for guys ages 15 to 34.
And yet, even though 380 men will die of the disease this year, a Today show surveyfound that 56 percent of men findtesticular cancerembarrassing to talk about.
On the other hand, prostate cancer is also a concern, since 1 in 7 guys will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime, and one American dies from it every 19 minutes, according to The Movember Foundation.
Thats why No Shave Novemberisso important: It brings awareness to these diseases and how many men are affected by them every single day.
And hesalso raising awareness for testing.
The Today showscommissionedState of Men 2016 surveyof1,001 men foundthat despite 88 percent of men thinking they should examine themselves for testicular lumps, only 14 percent actually do.
and to the fact that guys should start examining themselves starting at 15-years-old.
Movember beards bring attention to the simple, three-step self-exam that guys can start giving themselvesin the showerstarting at age 15.
It involves holding one testicle at a timebetween their finger and their thumb and feeling for any hard lumps or changes.
If they notice anything abnormal aboutthe size of their testicles, they should see a doctor right away.
Prostate cancer, on the other hand, is not somethingthats detectable through self exams.
So, your guys mustache alsoserves asan important reminder to other guys that they should be going to their doctors for regular check-ups.
Heshelping to raise money for importantcauses.
Signing up to grow aMovember beard helps toraise money for mens health charities all over the world.
Since its inception, The Movember Foundation which funds over 1,200 programs in 21 different countries around the world, including ones that support mens mental health and suicide prevention has raised $710 million. (wowza!)
Oh, and your boyfriends arent the only ones helping to raise money with their impressive beards. You can do your part and donate, too.
Or, buy a box of SKYN Condoms Special Movember Edition rubbers, and 50 cents will go directly to the The November Foundation.
Your boyfriend is saving young lives.
November beards are meant to start conversations, which help save lives.
AsMark Hedstrom, head of The Movember Foundation, explained to the Today show, When you see a guy on the street with a 10-day-old mustache, youre going to start asking a question, andthey become walking, talking billboards for mens health.
Hisbeard will be gone by December!
Look, I know it maybe hard to kiss your guy this month without getting scratched. And, you dont likehim hiding his beautiful face under all that hair.
But hair is just hair! Remember, Movember only lasts 30 days. Youll have your old, groomed guy back before Christmas, so you can kiss his beardless face under the mistletoe.
You know what they say: Grow a mo, save a bro.
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