No Shave November Raises Awareness For Men’s Health

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Photo By: Andronica Owens

Physics teacher Mr. Henson participated in No Shave November.

The No Shave November phenomenon, also called No-Shave Movember or Noshember, is a month in which men do not shave their faces in support of men’s health. It traditionally begins on November 1, and ends on December 1, a long month committed to no shaving and putting the razors away.

No Shave November encourages people to donate what they would spend on hair grooming products, such as razors and shaving cream, to the American Cancer Society. With most participants being male who dedicate themselves to this non-shaving, the event also encourages ladies to not shave their legs and underarms for the month.

According to the unofficial website, Noshember.com, there are certain procedures that need to be followed during the month. First, on Oct. 31, you must obviously cleanly and smoothly shave your face. Secondly, take a before picture, so you can compare the two looks. Thirdly, you do not shave or do not trim for the month.

The unofficial website actually takes submissions for winners of certain categories: longest new growth, fullest/thickest new growth, The Picasso – a patchy, abstract look, and the George “baby face” Nelson.

According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common among men in the United States. Unfortunately, about 1 in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and about 29,480 men will die from it. Although not as common, men are still at risk of getting breast cancer. In 2014, there were 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in the United States. Sadly, about 430 men will die from breast cancer.

The main purpose for No Shave November is to raise awareness for men’s health. No Shave November is a fun, unofficial way for men in America to bring awareness to such issues. Hopefully, men all across the country can support each other and focus on being vibrant and healthy.