November is that month of the year, where you can physically see the earth preparing for the Winter solstice. The leaves are changing; the fire wood is coming inside as we prepare our hearths and homes for a time of regeneration and renewal. No-Shave November is hoping to capitalize on the same concept. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has started a promotion for men to help raise money to fight against cancer.
If you know, or have ever had a love one to fight the battle with cancer, it is easily understood that being a survivor is a whole new kind of renewal and rebirth. Cancer is an unforgiving enemy. It knows no race, creed, color or sex. It affects men, women, and children.
As much information and activities are posted about breast cancer awareness and the dedication of the month of October to the cause, the ACS has dedicated November to prostate cancer awareness. What better way to get involved than for men to let go, and let it grow for No Shave November.
THE CONCEPT: WHAT IS IT?
According to the American Cancer Society, “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.” The ACS asks men in the month of November to donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
Although male breast cancer is a rare condition, accounting for only about 1% of all breast cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010, about 1,970 new cases of breast cancer in men would be diagnosed and that breast cancer would cause approximately 390 deaths in men (in comparison, almost 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year). That is 390 deaths to many. That number is low in comparison to the number of cases of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer. One man in 6 will get prostate cancer during his lifetime. And one man in 36 will die of this disease.
Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men found to have prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
- About 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer
- About 29,720 deaths from prostate cancer
It is all treatable, but early detection is the key and advocacy is a must. Join men across the country and abroad who will be taking part in “Movember” in support for prostate and male-based cancers. This month long event was started in 1999 in Adelaide, South Australia by a clique of men who termed “Movember” in an effort to grow their moustaches for charity throughout the month of November, according to the Movember website. Other websites have been built to further increase awareness of “No Shave November.” These websites Noshember.com and No-ShaveNovember.com both contain information about the month long event and allow people to donate to charities.
By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments. Besides getting an annual check-up, the ACS encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I read an article by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, who stated that there are 10 signs of cancer that men ignore. Cancer is very real. Take the time to learn and educate your self on the risk and symptoms.
Would you like to support, but don’t know how? Head over to http://teespring.com/no-shave and buy the tee as a start.