Urban Times is taking part in Movember - the manliest event in the year - as the males make the commitment to grow out their combined upper lip hair in the name of fighting prostate cancer everywhere.

On average a man with a moustache touches it 760 times in a 24 hr day. – Movember Facts

It’s the month of November and that can only mean one thing: thousands of men across the globe sporting moustaches (mo’s) in support of prostate and testicular cancer charities.

A few years ago, my Grandad, one of the most inspiring and influential people in my life was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily they caught it early in a routine check and his treatment began immediately. In fact, nearly all men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer early enough will be disease free within five years.

But despite this, in 2010 there were around 35 prostate cancer deaths for every 100,000 men in the UK [Cancer Research UK], and according to Cancer.org, about 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2012 of which about 28,170 men will die. At present rough projections indicate that one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, though it mostly occurs in older men with over 65% of cases found in men of 65 or older and far fewer below the age of 40.

It’s for my Grandad and for the thousands of men out there who suffer from these immensely distressful diseases, that Urban Times’ Core Team  - in particular Co-founders Alex and Charlie, Senior Editor Corin, Perspective Tv Presenter Jono, and myself (your Chief Technology Officer) – is taking part in the event and making the commitment to grow out its combined upper lip hair until at least the end of the month. We shall put to the test just how wise that man was who said, ‘the moustache maketh the man’.

We’d love for anyone who is willing, to join our team and help raise money and awareness.

Famous People who have proudly sported moustaches. Via Movember

Movember & Sons, the organisation behind it all are partnered with various charities around the world, with a staggering 88% of the £79.6M raised last year, going directly to establishments such as Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Deloitte are the prime example of a large Corporate which takes Movember very seriously and in 2011 they raised £236,593 for prostate cancer and as evidenced by this video, they seemed to have alot of fun doing it!

Join In

If you’re interested in taking part, all you have to do is visit Movember & Sons (yes, they’re super hipster, but we love it!) and sign up. If you want to join our team, we’d love to have you on board, just visit our page and hit join.

Mos Tips

According to Mo’s tips on the Movember website, here are some tips on how to grow a Mo:

  • Ask yourself the question, who do you want to be? For every style of moustache there is a different personality. You will become that man, you will be treated as that man and you will act like that man. It’s important you like who he is.
  • Be brave. The first few days, even weeks, can be uncomfortable and a little awkward as your facial goodness grows and your Mo takes shape.
  • Ignore the itching. Remind yourself that other men have endured worse in the past; surely you can stand a little face tickle from your Mo.
  • Start to shape your moustache using proper grooming techniques. A great Mo comes down to grooming.
  • Look after your Mo. Fertilise it, keep it clean and keep it neat.

Admittedly though, it’s actor and renowned moustache grower Nick Hofferman who gives the most straigtforward tips as you begin the “manliest journey of your life”.

It’s going to be a fun, interesting – and hopefully not an overly embarrassing - month. Welcome to Movember!

We’ll be putting up a donate button on our website soon, but for those who fancy donating immediately, you can Donate to Our Team here.