No Shave November. Over the past few years, I’ve grown a mustache during the month of November (and more recently October) which often grew to be a beard. You can imagine peoples confusion when I told them it wasn’t for No Shave November or Movember.

No Shave November

It had nothing to do with cancer awareness or men’s health.

My mustache served as a conversation starter for another charitable endeavor called, Mustaches for Kids Baltimore (M4KB). We raised almost $250,000 for Baltimore City Public Schools classrooms through teacher-submitted projects. It was awesome while it lasted, but all great things come to an end. Its end prompted me to do some research.

Despite not having participated directly in the frenzy outside of M4KB, I always did my best to educate myself (and others when they asked) about the other facial hair festivities that occur this time of year.

Working with our friends at NewsUp we’ve compiled a quiz with questions from ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and No-Shave November with additional insight from The Movember Foundation.

What do you actually know about No Shave November / Movember?


The focal points and organizations below are your key to being educated:

  • Cancer Awareness (Prostate and Testicular Cancer)
  • Men’s Health (Poor Mental Health and Physical Inactivity)

ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO’s mission is to end prostate cancer. We will save lives and stop pain and suffering by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families.

A general practitioner or an urologist can perform a full prostate cancer exam. This includes a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam, also called a DRE.

ZERO has joined forces with Nashville recording artist and former American Idol contestant Jimmy Charles to raise awareness about prostate cancer, a disease that affects one in seven American men.

Jimmy Charles – Even if you feel strong like Superman you can still have Prostate Cancer – a simple test could save your life. You are not alone!

Ulman Cancer Beard Off

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults mission is to change lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship.

70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year.

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No Shave November

No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy!

Our goal is to keep raising money for cancer prevention, education, and research and to let that hair grow in the process! We want every participant to embrace their hair for the many cancer patients that lose theirs due to vigorous treatments.

Movember Donate

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $650 million and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

The World Health Organization estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.

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