Movember is back!

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Men across the land are preparing to prune, nurture and groom their way to the perfect moustache as the month formerly known as Movember is back.

First-time Mo Bro, Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, prepared for the start of Movember on Tuesday by getting his facial hair shaved off at the annual 'Shave Down' at Penhaligon's in Convent Garden, London, which has partnered with Movember, opening its historic barber's shop for the month. Owen has, since then, been surveying his top lip to decide the style and shape his bristles will take.

Owen is not alone in letting his whiskers break free, now that moustache season is open. More than 160,000 men have already signed up to grow a moustache this month, which indicates that this year's Movember looks set to be the largest and most successful yet.

Speaking about the month-long campaign, Owen says: "Even though on the face-of-it Movember appears to be a light-hearted campaign, it has been hugely successful in not only raising millions of pounds for research into prostate cancer, but also managing to get younger men to start thinking about their health.

"It's great to be joining 160,000 (and counting) men across the country in ditching the razor to raise money and an increased understanding of prostate cancer - the most common cancer in men in the UK. We know that men's health often lags behind as an issue, both in terms of investment in research and in awareness. Prostate cancer has certainly been subject to this legacy of neglect and Movember is helping us to redress this balance and put men's health firmly in the spotlight."    

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia in 2003, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate so far.

Last year over 111,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the UK raised an amazing £11.7 million. These funds are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and their men's health partners The Prostate Cancer Charity and The Institute of Cancer Research.

For one month only Mo Bros will be able to experience a complimentary Mo Trim at Penhaligon's flagship boutique in London's Covent Garden.

For more information about Movember visit http://uk.movember.com