This story originally appeared on LX.com
The last day of Movember has passed and things got tough, thanks to two different charities. They encouraged people to put down razor blades for a good cause to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
Make no mistake, No-Shave November and Movember take place in the same month, but they are different. No-Shave Movember is a month-long trip where participants forgo shaving and grooming to start conversations and raise awareness about cancer. Money that could have been spent on grooming can instead go to charity.
Movember participants grow their whiskers to make a statement and talk about men’s mental health and the prevention of suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, disrupting men’s health research, and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
Who made Movember this year?
Movember has a lot of supporters in professional sports, where some leagues also have a tradition of growing facial hair during a playoff race.
In the NHL, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the biggest names to rock a mustache in Movember and pledged to shave it at the end of the month after raising $ 134,000.
Additionally, Zac Efron had a mustache in November, according to GQ UK, although it is not clear if he was watching Movember or just growing bushy hair for a new role.
Discover the Mo combination
An Australian costume company took Movember to a whole new level this year, making a costume from facial hair.
This bespoke two-piece is made from the finest Australian mustache hair (and a few beards).
Wetsuit company POLITIX collaborated with Melbourne-based visual artist Pamela Kleemann-Passi on the Movember Mo-Hair jumpsuit.
Together, they raised over $ 100,000.
Know the facts about prostate cancer
Growing a mustache for Movember (or making a costume among many) isn’t just a stunt, though. This is to raise awareness that men need to be proactive and watch out for preventable diseases.
According to the Movember Foundation, men around the world are dying 5.1 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.
One of these preventable diseases is prostate cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men.
When detected early, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is 98%. But when found late, the survival rate drops to 26%.
The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects older men.
Prostate cancer is more common in black men and men with a family history of the disease, according to survivor and former NFL cornerback Mike Haynes.
So what do you need to do? To go to the doctor. Learn about PSA testing. Find prostate cancer early.
Know the facts about testicular cancer
Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in men between the ages of 20 and 40, according to John Hopkins Medicine, with an average age of diagnosis of 33.
But testicular cancer is largely survivable with treatment, especially when caught early. More than 70,000 men are diagnosed each year and approximately 7,600 die from it each year. According to Movember, more than 575,000 men are living with testicular cancer or are currently in remission.
The best thing you can do for “your boys” is give them an idea every month or so – learn what’s normal for you.
Then, if something looks different to you on your monthly exam, you can take action.