Whether you’ve always secretly wanted to start a ‘stache, or you’re looking for an excuse to keep your face furry for the cold winter ahead, this month is for you. With great non-profit organizations like Movember and No Shave November, you can grow out your facial hair for the month of November while also growing awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and colon cancer. Talk about a win-win situation!
Here’s the reasoning behind ditching the razors this month, per No Shave November:
“The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”
If you ask the folks at Movember, it’s also about turning your face into an awareness conversation-starter:
“A moustache is nature’s billboard. Use it to start a conversation about men’s health this Movember.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, prostate cancer is the #1 most common cancer among men in the US of all races, affecting about 105 of every 100,000 men. It’s also the second leading cause of cancer deaths among white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic* men, and fourth among Asian/Pacific Islander men.
Whether or not you bring the beard this November, it’s always a good idea to raise awareness for a great cause. What are your ideas for getting the word out about your favorite cause?
*Per CDC: Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).