It’s that time of year again! A special time for all the men in America to say goodbye to the daily shaving session and embrace our scruff. If you’ve been online in the past week you’ve probably seen the hash tag #noshavenovember or #movember taking over Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. While many men participate in this month’s effort to grow out the manliest of beard only few know the reason behind this movement. No Shave November was actually created to bring awareness to men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, the most common type of cancer in men.
The idea is simple: put down the razor for 30 days and donate the money you would use on grooming to support cancer research. You can even sign up to participate on the official No Shave November website. You can sign up as an individual or as a team in the mission to grow the most badass beard and bring awareness to this cause. In recent years this movement has become famous through the use of social media. Men are showing off their scruff on platforms like Instagram which brings attention to this growing trend and helps support the cause.
This is my first official year participating in the No Shave November movement. This was a very personal decision to participate and contribute to men’s cancer awareness. Earlier this year my dad informed me and my sister the one thing nobody wants to hear: they found cancerous cells beginning to form in his prostate. He put us at ease by telling us not to worry and that he was going to take the most proactive approach, a radical prostatectomy. This is the surgical removal of a man’s prostate, usually done to treat and prevent prostate cancer. Thank God everything went well and now my dad is healthy again! I know not everyone is as lucky and I am thankful everyday that I still have him around.
I decided to join the movement to bring awareness to prostate cancer and men’s health. I love when someone asks me why I’m participating because I can say with a big smile on my face “because my dad beat this thing, he’s a survivor.” Men need to know to get checked and take steps to stay healthy. Cancer prevention and early detection is key in beating cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health, men are 70% less likely to seek treatment than woman. Together we can fight prostate cancer and bring awareness to this important issue that affects so many men.