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No-Shave November Brings Awareness to Men's Health Issues

Man with facial hair
Have you noticed the scores of men sporting fuller beards and mustaches lately? No, there's not a razor shortage in America -- these men are celebrating Movember!

Movember, or No-Shave November, happens each November when men grow out their facial hair to raise awareness for men's health issues like prostate and testicular cancers, and mental health. Those who participate in Movember usually raise money for their organizations by asking people to donate to their efforts. The idea is that people asking men about their facial hair will spark conversation about men's health issues.

Did you know that a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman to be diagnosed with breast cancer? Or that men generally have lower awareness of mental illnesses than women? As a site that is read mostly by women, we tend to shine more light on women's health, but men's health is just as important.

Spark a conversation with your spouse tonight about Movember. Ask him if he's on top of his health exams, how healthy he feels, and whether or not he's aware of his family's health history. Use this conversation as an opportunity to reflect on the health of your entire family and what you can do to make it even healthier.

Check out these adorable pictures of kids wearing fake mustaches.

Image: Man with facial hair via Shutterstock

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