Movember in full growth – musings on facial hair

I have started growing my Movember moustache, it has started to itch, started to get annoying and I can see it when I speak – without looking down! It is quite bizarre.

I started thinking about facial hair and how some of us take it for granted because it just happened to us somewhere between 14 and 18 years of age and short of expensive treatment, have to decide how we deal with it… on a daily basis. For others (of us men), this phenomenon did not happen quite so and either have patchy growth, no growth (Oh I envy them!) or have already paid for the expensive treatment.

When I got married I did not want to have a moustache, goatee or a beard but my dear wife was adamant that as we met when I had a goatee, that is how I should (real WILL) look when we tie the knot… I am really not sure if I like the look but hey, it was her day more than mine… I will just have to tell the kids one day that it was the fashion then and try to explain why no one else in the photos had the big hairy look!

So when I heard from a local restaurant that I love that they were getting into the Movember swing of things, I thought I should too. So here I am, with a growing grouping of facial hair on my upper lip. With the growth on my lip has come the growth in comments, teases and general opinion, “Grow it like this”, “Do a Magnum”, “I will sponsor you when I see the handlebars” etc… If I had happened to forget the itch for a few minutes, the comments are a great reminder to me that I am involved in something important – the Movember movement.

The Movember movement is in support of the cause to raising money for men’s health awareness, in particular prostate and testicular cancer.

While the cancer word is no longer something quite as much of a ‘swear word’ that it was a decade ago and so much advancement has happened in cancer detection and treatment, so many men (too many) do not check themselves or think of themselves as potential risk cases. In the case of testicular cancer, here are some interesting facts that I did not know until I got into Movember!

  • In 2009, 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer.
  • In 2010 there were 75 deaths from testicular cancer in the UK.
  • In 2005-2009, 97% of men in England survived their testicular cancer for five years or more.
  • In 2009, 40,841 men in the UK were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • In 2010 there were 10,721 deaths from prostate cancer in the UK.
  • In 2005-2009, 81% of men in England survived their prostate cancer for five years or more.

So while the women we love should be checking for lumps and bumps, what are we men doing? Are we too mucho, too scared or too lazy to check? I would love to help in shifting the awareness so that it is not something to be ashamed of, scared of or naive about.

Of course I have set up a sponsorship page on the Movember UK site and I am keeping it updated with pictures taken a few days apart to prove to my dear sponsors it is still happening.

If you would like to see my updates and progress my own Movember page is here:

Are you a Mo Bro or Mo Sis? Are you growing your Mo Bro and itching too?