Now, for a limited time only, the moustache is back!
I guess if you’re a cop, firefighter, airline captain, cowboy, or member of a Three Dog Night tribute band, the moustache never really went away. It was a moust-have fashion accessory for any guy who graduated high school before 1980. Its use as a facial hair feature has been grandfathered for all men over 50.
In honor of Movember, the Moustache Moratorium has been lifted and all men interested in raising funds for prostate and testicular cancer awareness - regardless of age or occupation - will be allowed to accessorize with all styles of lip-warmers between November 1st and November 30th.
Once registered online there is but one rule; you must begin the month clean-shaven.
So, if you’re like me and rockin’ the I-graduated-in-the-80s goatee, you can’t just trim it down to a stylish ‘stache and say “I’m in.” Ditto for all those hipsters who’ve been paying tribute to the bicycle’s 1890s heyday with their handlebar nostaches (nostalgic moustaches). There will be no exceptions for Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot, Dr. Phil, Mike Ditka, Michael Jordan, Ron Jeremy, Hulk Hogan, Eddie Murphy, Geraldo Rivera, or Sully Sullenberger either. Movember begins sans ‘stache. Get out the razor!
I must confess that I really didn’t know much about the Movember mission and the statistics related to prostate and testicular cancer before I decided to support the cause.
One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime, one in six for prostate cancer. 242,000 new cases were expected to be diagnosed this year with more than 28,000 fatalities.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males 15 to 35. 8,590 men will be diagnosed with the disease and 360 will die this year.
“The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in the US and around the world are numerous and complex, primarily due to a lack of awareness of the health issues men face. This can largely be attributed to the reluctance of men to openly discussing the subject due to longstanding traditions, coupled with an ‘it’ll be alright’ attitude. Men are less likely to schedule doctor appointments when they feel ill or for an annual physical, thereby denying themselves the chance of early detection and effective treatment of common diseases.”
Up until age 43, I was one of these typical guys. I nearly died believing the heart attack I was suffering was merely indigestion and an arm I slept on the wrong way. I was very lucky to have survived for fourteen hours while I postponed treatment. I was even luckier that the residual damage to my heart wasn’t more severe. Denial and delay could have cost me my life.
I am now a firm believer in screening, preventive care, and a proactive healthy lifestyle that includes bicycling and a balanced diet.
Movember promises to be a very hair-raising time for me and thousands of men around the world. As we sprout our ‘staches, we stand in solidarity. We initiate conversations about the stubble shadowing our upper lips. We remind ourselves, other men, and women with men in their lives, that we're not trying to bring back the 70's - we're looking to extend men's life expectancies past the 70's.
If you can't grow your own mo', you can still support the cause. I have a donation page here, if you care to make a monetary contribution.
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Keep riding and be safe!