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Every hour one man dies in the UK from prostate cancer.

Movember is a global organisation that is committed to changing the face of men’s health. They do this by challenging men to grow moustaches during the month of November, using their “hairy facial banner” to start conversations about men’s health and also to raise funds especially for research into prostate and testicular cancer.

Since the movement began over 10 years ago, the organisation has raised nearly £350 million and funded more than 800 research and aid programmes across the world.

It’s not too late for men to join in this year’s Movember!! Start growing a moustache in any form and it is bound to attract comment. Spreading awareness of men’s specific health problems as well as raising funds is a key part of the programme.

There are a few rules, you must start clean shaven and no beards or false moustaches are allowed!

Growing a moustache is also an excuse for fun. Get your friends involved or have a Movember fund raising evening at your home, pub or club.

Movember have lots of tips of how to get involved and also how to raise funds , including through emails to tell people what you are doing and using social media to post a photo of yourself.

Around the world, and also around the UK there are various community events taking place to support Movember, and at the end of the month participants are invited to join in a number of gala celebration parties being held in major centres including Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Cardiff.

There are also some great prizes on offer. Leading gaming brand PlayStation is proud to be a Movember major partner for 2014. Raise a minimum of £25 and you will be entered for a prize draw to win a full PlayStation gaming package. Raise £50 or more, and you will be entered in a drawy to win a beautifully crafted Swiss made Maurice Lacroix watch.

The whole event is all about having fun as well as the underlying important cause, and there are heaps of tips and ideas on the official website

More and more companies are joining in Movember

Major organisations are involved in Movember. Last year British Seed Houses produced a 36ft by 9ft moustache for the National Trust landmark the Cerne Abbas giant to herald the Movember campaign.

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