It’s all about the Mo’: A guest post by Kessel Nelson

***For those who don’t know, Kessel’s my boyfriend. He does have his own blog, Is This Now? but he hasn’t written since March. MARCH! So, if you enjoy this post, please tell him how awesome it would be if he started back up at his blog again!***

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Kessel after a normal shave

Remember, remember the first of Movember. The mustaches, beards and what-not…

We hear a lot about pink ribbons, walks, runs and various organizations dedicated to raising awareness of the cancers and related health issues afflicting women. I fully support those efforts.

However, being male I think it is just as important to raise awareness about the cancers and health-related issues affecting those of my gender as well. For that reason I have decided to begin actively celebrating Movember.

And what, you ask, is Movember? For those of you not in the know, the month of November has been renamed “Movember” as part of a month-long effort to encourage men (and women) to educate themselves and spread the word about prostate cancer research, male cancer-related initiatives and other men’s health issues. And how do we do this? With books and pamphlets? No! We are men. We have no need for words! We take action! We grow some hella cool facial hair.

This is not a joke. Movember (a combination of “mo for moustache and November) started in Australia in early 2000 and has grown into an annual event observed in a number of countries around the world. It is an official program with an official website and all kinds of cool programs, videos, merchandise and events. It even has its own terminology – participating men are known as “Mo Bros,” while our female supporters are referred to as “Mo Sistas.”

Kessel after this morning's shave

As I mentioned, I have decided to actively take part in the Movember celebration. Those of you who know me, know that I already sport a very stylish goatee. Knowing me as you do, you also know that when it comes to shaving I am very lazy so my stylish goatee often spreads into a full beard. Suffice it to say that my face hasn’t been fully exposed to the light of day since college. Until today, that is. For the first time in almost 20 years my face is naked. It’s also cold and I look like a chubby 12-year-old boy.

I’ll spend the rest of the month growing back my lovely facial hair, learning more about male-related cancers and supporting the Movember movement. I hope some of you out there will do the same.

Join me my Mo Bros! Let your faces be your canvases! Let your Mo show!

This is a simple yet fun way to deal with a very serious subject. Whether or not you decide to grow your Mo, I urge you to take some time to educate yourselves. Here are a few statistics from the Movember website:

  • In 2011, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer; more than 33,000 men will die of it
  • One new prostate cancer case occurs every 2.2 minutes
  • A man dies from prostate cancer every 15.6 minutes
  • Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men
  • The incidence rates are significantly higher in African-American men
  • Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, 1 in 3 women will be.
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  •  48% of testicular cancer cases occur in men between the ages of 20 and 34.

For more information about Movember activities in the United States, check out the official website at http://us.movember.com

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Totally worth a +1 times 10!

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  2. I’ve heard it referred to as No Shave November by the high schoolers, but I like “Movember” better! What a great idea and a great way to spread the awareness!

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  3. This explains why my husband told me the other day he wasn’t going to shave this month……I didn’t have that great of a reaction…I was thinking that I like his facial hair but not TOO much of it! LOL
    Cheers to Movember and raising awareness!

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    • Posted by Kessel on November 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Congrats your Mo Bro hubby for supporting the cause. I guess this makes you a Mo Sista!

      And not to worry — you can make him shave at the end of the month.

      By the way, did you know that next month is “Hang with the boys and watch lots of sports” -ember?

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  4. I already told you in person, but this was an excellent post! And it further proves my point that you should start blogging again . . . so, really, the most important thing that comes from all of this (except the awareness of men’s health issues – of course that trumps everything else) is that once again, I was right 😀

    Oh, and I’m totally digging the title of Mo Sista!

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