What is the Difference Between No-Shave November and Movember?

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What is No-Shave November?
Men around the world are foregoing the razor this month in recognition of No-Shave November. Many people believe the cause is just for appearances, but there is actually a deeper meaning. The purpose of the event is to shed light on cancer and men's health awareness in general. The Today show news anchors, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Willie Geist, and Carson Daly will be wearing their non-shaven beards and mustaches in honor of the cause all month long. One of the goals for men around the world is to see how long their beards and/or mustaches will be at the end of the 30 days.

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 What is the difference between Movember and No-Shave November?

Although some people use No-Shave November and Movember interchangeably, they have slight differences. The word Movember refers to growing your mustache out for the month of November. While, No-Shave November refers to no shaving in general.

The website no-shave.org defines No-Shave November as a month where the people involved do not shave to raise cancer awareness. The money that would be spent on grooming is encouraged to be donated towards cancer research. The focus of the Movember Foundation is to raise funds for specific causes like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, lack of physical activity, .mental illnesses in men.

What is the origin of No-Shave November and Movember?

There are many stories about the origin of both words. Here is a video the addresses some of the controversy surrounding Movember's origin:

What else?

Although the participants of No-Shave November and Movember are normally men,
women can participate also.


Some of the hashtags associated with No-Shave November and Movember are as follows:
#NoShaveNovember #Movember2015 #movembertoremember

Do you know someone who is participating in  No-Shave November or Movember?

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