Does it seem like more men than ever have misplaced their razors? That influx of facial hair is for a good cause: No­Shave November, the U.S. equivalent of Movember, an Australian creation to promote awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

The idea behind it is that mustaches will become a walking billboard of sorts for men’s health. The month is dedicated to growing awareness of men’s health needs by growing a beard, mustache or both, and raising funds to support cancer research.

From a touch of scruff to the grizzliest, ZZ Top­-like beards, No­Shave November has become a big, hairy deal. And that’s a good thing if it helps remind the men in our lives to focus on their health. According to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to visit their doctors for annual exams and preventative services.

It’s time we face some facts about men’s health:

  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 15 – 35 years old
  • Men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women (76.2 years compared to 81 years)
  • 12.1% of men over 18 are in fair or poor health
  • More than four times as many men than women die by suicide

Just like it takes a big man to pull off a Tom Selleck ‘stache from the ‘70s, it can be tougher to get a guy to schedule his regular yearly checkup. YourTown Health is committed to helping all men achieve better health. Some steps you can take on your own include getting better sleep, quitting smoking, becoming more active, eating healthy and decreasing stress. We’re also happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Visit YourTown Health in your community today or call (770) 463-­4644.