No-Shave November Brings Awareness to Prostate Cancer
Did you know growing a beard or mustache this November could help protect men from prostate cancer? Two charitable initiatives—No-Shave November and the Movember Foundation—are asking men to go hairy to promote men’s health awareness. Men around the world are foregoing the daily shaving ritual and donating the money saved to help raise awareness of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.
Join the Competition
Participation in this November grow-a-thon is easy, fun and often revealing. You’ll have a new image to share with friends on Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll be contributing to an important cause—improving men’s health.
Step 1: Choose a style. Beard, mustache or both. Neatly trimmed or wild-and-shaggy.
Step 2: Register. Go to no-shave.org or us.movember.com. The two initiatives have different rules, so check them out before you decide. No-Shave November asks you to grow out all your hair—something that cancer patients often lose during treatment. The Movember rules are more selective since the movement originated as an attempt to bring the mustache back in style.
Step 3: Let your hair grow and contribute your savings. The money you save on grooming supplies and services during the next 30 days helps fund cancer research and promotes education and assistance for men’s health issues, including:
- Prostate cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Mental health
- Suicide prevention
- Healthy lifestyle changes
Step 4: Challenge your friends to join you. Have a competition or ask family and friends to match your savings and multiply your donations. Promote your efforts on social media.
Impacting Men’s Health & Saving Lives
The need for men’s health education and research continues to grow. New cancer cases will affect an estimated 1.7 million people this year in the U.S., and over 600,000 will die. In men, prostate cancer is a leading concern, with one in seven men diagnosed with this disease during their lifetime. Early screening and intervention can save men’s lives from prostate cancer, testicular cancer and colorectal cancer.
New tests like the 4Kscore test offer hope for minimally invasive early detection. The 4Kscore test is an easy and affordable blood test that lets men know their risk for aggressive prostate cancer after an abnormal PSA reading—and before undergoing an invasive biopsy. OPKO Health encourages men with an abnormal PSA or other prostate cancer screening result to be tested and know their 4Kscore.
Your participation in No-Shave November and Movember can help make a difference by funding efforts to educate men on early cancer detection, mental health intervention and healthy lifestyles. It will also help fund research that may yield more innovative screening tools and better treatments.
Five Benefits to Growing a Beard This November
- A beard acts like a scarf for your face and neck in cold weather.
- Consider it the ‘fountain of youth,’ shielding your skin from sun damage and wrinkles.
- Having a beard saves time typically spent shaving. You’ll have extra minutes each day for pursuits you enjoy.
- Growing facial hair may make you more attractive or improve your sex life. Join the No-Shave or Movember movement and test a new look. You’ll be supporting a good cause—and you may decide to adopt a new image.
- Not shaving also saves money. During November, those savings add up to benefit cancer research and men’s health awareness.