GUEST BLOG!  BY Josh Kudel, Staff Accountant, Buffalo

The month of November has now been dubbed “MOvember”, in honor of men’s health.  If you have noticed a rise in mustache growth lately,  it’s because of the global efforts of Movember and Sons.  Movember and Sons (www.us.movember.com) is a foundation that aims to change the face of men’s health.  Since inception in 2004, Mo Bros  have raised over $299 million by sparking private and public conversation about this vital cause via their facial hair.

Men are often times more reluctant than woman to take notice and precaution of certain health issues, this initiative is trying to change that. As a result, today the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for men’s health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind other causes. Using the moustache as a catalyst, Mo Bros want to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly.  Check out the following statisctics:

  • The average life expectancy for men is five years fewer than women (presently 77 years old compared to 82).
  • 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
  • Evidence suggests that about a third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur this year will be related to obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition, and thus could be prevented.
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • 8,590 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and 360 will die.
  • Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women.
  • 24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women.

Although the aforementioned data is sobering, Movember is also about fun!  So here is a list of some of the best mustaches of all time.  In order of radness and selected by me:

  1. Tom Selleck – Undeniably the best crumb duster in showbiz.
  2. Rollie Fingers (Google him) – When facial hair was frowned upon in the major leagues, this guy never conformed.
  3. Teddy Roosevelt – The rough rider’s classic stache transcends time.
  4. Salvador Dali – Perfected the strange pencil mustache that seemed to defy gravity.
  5. Yosemite Sam – Red and rascally.
  6. Ned Flanders – Awe-diddly-awesome.
  7. Hulk Hogan – Devoted to the old walrus stache since the ’80s.
  8. Borat – Huge mo success.
  9. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman – Staying classy.
  10. This guy – Just amazing.

In our office, my fellow coworker Tim Schultz is also a “Mo Bro” – sporting a mustache and raising funds to support men’s health issues! Visit his page to make a donation http://mobro.co/4200461

You can also visit my page here: http://us.movember.com/mospace/3846221

So men, it’s not too late.  You can start your ‘mo today!  Start a team, collect pledges and help raise awareness.  You might not be too into having a mustache at first, but trust me – it grows on you.