[above] Movember Event at the NEW Alex and Ani Weybosset, Providence, Rhode Island on Monday, November 12, 2012.
Females everywhere are having a hard time containing themselves as men across the globe have been “wearing” mustaches in support of raising awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. Commonly referred to as their “furry caterpillar,” “tickler,” “lip sweaters,” “broomstick,” etc., whatever you decide to call yours, they all stand for the same thing: Taking down cancer!
My friends and I have been doing this for a couple of years now and we look forward to this every year. Most look at November as a great time to layer up on clothes and pull their scarves and knitted caps out of the back of the closet, but we know it’s time for the mustache combs, wax, scissors and any manly activity we can get our hands on! Whether we are diving, chopping wood, off-roading, fixing cars, lifting heavy things, chasing bad guys or wrestling animals, we know we do everything better with a MO-stache. Every year we watch our team grow and our mustaches come back even fuller than the year before. Being able to represent this cause with the support of Alex and Ani has been great thus far and I know it will grow even bigger next year. At Alex and Ani we are proud to support the cause and will do what we can to create awareness and raise funds.
On a more serious note, here are some statistics to help you really understand why we do what we do during the month of November:
- - The average life expectancy for men is five years fewer than women (presently 77 years old compared to 82).
- - 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- - 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- - In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
- - Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.
- - 8,590 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and 360 will die.
When we say that every little bit counts, we truly mean it. Without the support of individuals, the studies done to find a cure are unobtainable. So, next time you see a man rocking a Mo or a woman standing by her Mo, say thank you and reach out to them. They truly are the face of men’s health and appreciate the support!
Guest post by our very own Omar Ajaj. Be sure to check out Alex and Ani’s Movember page, where the team has already raised more than $3,000. Wishing you many unshaven days ahead gentlemen.