Movember: How to use a mustache for a good cause

How to Use a Mustache for a Good Cause

Movember. For most people, the mustache-growing month is an excuse to cultivate things nature never intended to be grown on an upper lip.

But the new mustaches that crop up during November aren't just for show -- they also serve to raise awareness for an important cause.

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The Movember Foundation is a 21-country charity that annually raises millions of dollars to fight what it calls a "hidden men's health crisis."

"Prostate cancer is the male equivalent of breast cancer, in terms of the number of men that die from it and are diagnosed with it. But there was nothing for this cause. So we married growing a mustache with prostate cancer," co-founder Adam Garone said during a TEDx talk.

The foundation started in 2003, and says it's donated over $650 million to charity since then.

The organization sponsors fundraising for four main men's health issues: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity.

Participating involves signing up on the website and setting a fundraising goal; then, starting with a clean-shaven lip on Nov. 1 and then cultivate both a mustache and donations to the cause. The foundation recommends using your new whiskers as a conversation starter to educate people about men's health.

If you can't -- or won't -- grow a mustache, the foundation's also hosting a "MOVE in Movember" challenge, which encourages people to be physically active throughout November.

So in the interest of men's health, put the razor aside this November and let your mustache run wild. Just make sure you're ready to face your new face on Dec. 1.

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Movember: How to use a mustache for a good cause

Hot, hot, hot.  Actor Liam Hemsworth turned up the temperature a few notches at the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' premiere in London.

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Is it just us or does George Clooney just get better with age? The suave actor is incredibly easy on the eyes with his furry whiskers. 

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Bradley Cooper has always gotten glances from the ladies, but we can't help but take a second (and third) look at the 'Burnt' actor and his sexy scruff.

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Wowza! Even though Joe Manganiello is taken by the sultry Sofia Vergara, we can't keep our eyes off of his salt and pepper look. 

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Ryan Gosling embraced his sexy with a rugged mustache on the AFI Fest red carpet.  We'd write a lifetime worth of love letters for this hunky actor any day!

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Okay Channing, you can stop being incredibly beautiful now! Channing Tatum dabbled in the facial hair department with his slight shadow. 

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We we wouldn't mind getting rescued by this sexy pirate! Johnny Depp's signature goatee is enough to make any lady swoon!

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Leonardo DiCaprio may have won us over as a young Jack in 'Titanic' but he looks just as dapper years later with his facial hair and piercing blue eyes.

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Only the mysterious Idris Elba can make salt-and-pepper facial hair look oh-so-sexy. He's officially our pick to play the next James Bond!

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While young girls (and grown women) everywhere are still devastated by Zayn Malik's decision to leave One Direction, this snap of the seductive singer sporting a clean-cut look may help mend your broken heart!

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine opted for a lumberjack-inspired look in New York City with scruff stretching down his neck.

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This sexy Texan may be our favorite cowboy of all time! Matthew McConaughey opted for a grown-out style -- and we're not complaining. 

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Prince Harry rocked the tux and 'stache like no other! We certainly wouldn't mind being the queen of this hunky royal's heart.

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Justin Timberlake is, well, Justin Timberlake. The 'Sexy Back' singer's sophisticated scruff proves he doesn't need his vocal pipes to win the ladies over.

(Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Gwen Stefani may have snagged Blake Shelton's attention and we can't blame her! Charm, good looks and an affectionate display of facial fluff -- who can resist this handsome singer?

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James Franco dressed up his smile with a 'stache at 'The Night Before' premiere. Can the heartthrob actor look any better? We don't think so.

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Brad Pitt's five o'clock shadow is the best accessory to go along with his dapper suit, don't you think?

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Jake Gyllenhaal went full-throttle with his display of facial hair at the 72nd Annual Venice Film Festival!

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Will Smith may be one of the funniest men to ever grace the TV screens, but he's looking incredibly dapper with this clean-cut look. Someone has been going to the barber. 

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Nick Jonas' showed he's all grown up with his sparse display of some facial hair. The 'Jealous' singer is definitely turning all men green with envy.

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Jude Law was completely irresistible with his classic mustache at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. We're lovin' this look on the British stud.

(Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Ashton Kutcher has never looked better! We're completely blown away by his sleek suit, tousled hair and brunette whiskers. Could he possibly be 'Dad of the Year'? We think so.

(Photo: Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

Paul Rudd showed off his boyish charm and 'stache -- and we can't help but smile!

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