Albert Einstein. Teddy Roosevelt. Walter Cronkite. Ron Swanson. Each historical figures with one, striking, shared characteristic: the moustache. The oft described “caterpillar on the upper lip” has withstood the test of time, and today’s moustache renaissance can largely be attributed to the growth of the men’s health movement, Movember.
History of the Movember Organization
Movember began in 2003, when two friends in a Melbourne pub hatched an idea to revive the long-forgotten trend, the moustache. In just a year, this challenge between two friends grew into an organization of 480 members that provided the single largest donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Today, Movember sponsors official campaigns in 21 countries and has raised more than $500 million to fund 1000+ men’s health programs across the world.
Movember’s efforts are concentrated on three key areas:
- Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
- Prostate Cancer Research
- Testicular Cancer Research
Without action, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged 15-39 years of age, and across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides.