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Men flash their mustaches for cancer awareness
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Men across the country have forsaken their razors in November for a good cause – heightening the awareness of prostate cancer.“Among American men, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths,” said Ashley Wright, coordinator of MOvember events held at the Civic Center last week. “Although prostate cancer mortality rates have declined over the past two decades, in 2013 alone, an estimated 239,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed and about 30,000 men will die from it.”With the staggering numbers, the idea of no-shave November, or as some are calling it MOvember, was started. The idea is for men to grow mustaches and beards to transition into frank talks about prostate cancer and prevention.“It was to start a conversation about prostate cancer,” Wright said, noting there has been a lot of participation locally.McMinnville Electric System displayed blue lights outside its building to observe the month and they also had a MOvember blueberry muffin sale.