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Gentlemen prepare your moustaches. November is now known as Movember, the month in which men around the globe will grow a moustache in support of men’s health issues. Movember is also the name for the global charity that engages men to grow a moustache for the month of November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues.  All funds raised in the U.S. will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LiveSTRONG, the cancer support organization founded by Lance Armstrong.

Apparently, there is good reason for such a movement due to men’s reluctance to visit a doctor in a timely way. In fact, men notoriously have to be nagged by their wives to make a doctor’s appointment. And this nagging actually leads to better health for men. For example, on average, married heart attack victims arrive at the hospital half an hour sooner than those who were not married.  Even when a man is not experiencing troubling symptoms like chest pains, it is not uncommon for a wife to begin pushing her husband to visit the doctor long before a man thinks he needs to go.

Whether men are married or not – Movember wants men to take responsibility for their own health. Participation is easy, just put away that razor for a month. For more information on the movement, go to www.us.movember.com.

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