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Published on November 01, 2016

What's with all the facial hair?

What's with all the facial hair?

No-Shave November helps raise awareness of cancer. Will you put down your razor in November?

Ever get the sense that the people in your life look a bit scruffier in November? Increasing numbers of men (and women) across the world are participating in shave-less November movements to raise money and awareness for cancer.

The trend, which began in 2003 when two friends in Australia began growing their mustaches in “Movember,” soon expanded worldwide. In 2009, the No-Shave November movement began in the United States as a tribute to one family’s father, who died from colon cancer.

Cancer continues to be the second most common cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. But according to a recent government report, the gap between heart disease and cancer has been narrowing since 1968 and cancer is on track to become the leading cause of death in the country. The good news, however, is that more people are surviving cancer diagnoses than ever before. The American Cancer Society estimates 15.5 million cancer survivors are living today in the U.S. with no signs of cancer and that number is expected to grow to more than 20 million by 2026.

The goal of No-Shave November is simple: Don’t shave during the month of November and donate the money you save on hair maintenance and grooming expenses to support cancer research, prevention and education. It’s also a unique way to grow cancer awareness by starting a conversation about the disease.

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