Men, we know it’s hunting season.

This season, when you grow your hunting beard, how about doing so for a good cause?

Rapides Regional Medical Center is holding its first No Shave November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. In doing so, RRMC is also raising money to help patients of the Rapides Cancer Center afford transportation for treatment.

Men often take their health for granted and don’t visit a doctor or health care facility unless forced to. The Centers for Disease Control reports women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services than men.

Most men should begin receiving regular screenings for prostate and colon cancer beginning at age 50, but a family history of cancer could cause a need to begin screenings at a younger age. In addition, men should receive annual wellness screenings to help prevent other medical conditions from forming or causing more serious damage.

To participate in No Shave November, all you have to do is grow a beard, mustache, goatee, mutton chop sideburns, soul patch, or some combination, during the month of November.

No Shave November begins on Monday, Nov. 3. Post a picture of yourself to our Facebook page or tag it at #RapidesNoShave. On Monday, Dec. 1, post another picture with your facial hair. That’s it.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is asking all men who participate to donate $10 to the RRMC Auxiliary’s Cancer Fund to help patients of the Rapides Cancer Center.  To donate, go to rapidesregional.com, look for the No Shave November banner, and click on a link to the Central Louisiana Community Foundation’s giving page. A link may also be found on Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Facebook page.

Already, the Louisiana College baseball team has gotten on board, along with longtime major league pitcher Russ Springer of Pollock, Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields and Pineville Chief of Staff Rich Dupree. To see their “before” photos, go to Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Facebook page.

Are you man enough to join them?