2015-11-03 06:00

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It’s that time of year when men pack away their razors and start growing – facial hair, that is.

And while grooming your moustache to be the best it can be is the aim for the next month, it’s vital to remember the reason behind the movement.

The simple truth is that it’s not a competition to see who has the biggest beard.

The point of Movember, now an international annual movement, is to create awareness of men’s health during the month of November.

Originally to get men talking about prostate cancer, the movement has now grown to encompass testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity.

This year, men are being encouraged to get moving for the entire month to tackle the latter.

So stop looking in the mirror, round up your friends and enjoy a friendly game of sport.

And instead of bragging over your ’tash while having a beer with the boys afterwards, take the time to talk about your health issues.

One in every 23 South African men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime, while testicular cancer remains the most common cancer in men.

As many as 510 000 men die from suicide globally each year – which equates to one a minute – and over three millions deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity.

Growing impressive facial hair is not enough – it’s time to tell your friends why you’re growing a moustache.

Instead of just admiring each others’ hair growth, it’s time to deal with the big issues: Share your personal experiences of stress, anxiety and depression and open up about your struggles with weight loss.

It’s time to talk about the fear you felt at visiting the doctor and encourage each other to get regular medical check-ups.

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