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Nov 23, 2010 11:48 AM by Carina Corral

Local men are changing the face of men's health, one 'stache at a time

A movement is raising eyebrows all over the world, one mustache at a time.

Mo is Aussie for mustache. So, during this month of "Movember," men are ditching the razors to "change the face of men's health."

They are tired of statistics such as: 1 in six men will have prostate cancer and testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 18-to-35.

Three Paso Robles men are just a few of the Mo Bros out there bringing back the 'stache.

" I was like, dude what's up with the mustache? And he was like it's Movember. Are you going to do Movember? And I'm like what's that all about?" said Jeff Winch.

And that's pretty much how it works.
Men, like Nick Murja, who are normally clean-shaven grow mustaches the entire month of November.

" I'm in the military so I, we, have to grow this weird looking mustache," said Murja.

Even men who do grow facial hair will start over again from scratch, "last night I kind of shaved it into what you see now. It's definitely different for me," said Chris Garcia.

And when people ask them about their new look, they tell about Movember.

" I walked down my neighborhood one day in with in the course of walking a block I had already told two people about it. So yeah, they're noticing," said Murja.

It is kind of a silly way bringing attention to a serious issue: prostate and testicular cancers.

"One of the crazy things that I found out recently is that prostate cancer in 90-percent curable if it's caught early enough in the early stages," said Winch.

Movember raises funds for Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

You could say its support has "grown" since it first started back in Australia in 2003.

Last year alone, the Boys of Movember raised $42 million, globally.

Everyone is invited out to the big fundraiser this weekend, Saturday, Movember 27, at Downtown Brew in Paso Robles when the Man of Movember will be crowned.

Click here to learn more about Movember.

To donate to the Paso Robles men's fundraising efforts call Nick Murja at 410-200-7463.


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