Men, it’s time to turn the attention to you.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is hosting its fourth No Shave November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. In the process, RRMC is also raising money for patients of the Rapides Cancer Center.

The Centers for Disease Control reports women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services.

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 Wednesday, Nov. 1. Post a picture of yourself to RRMC’s Facebook page at Rapides Regional Medical Center, or tag it at #RapidesNoShave. On Friday, 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, 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.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as Alexandria and Pineville Police Departments are participating again in 2017, as is the Louisiana College baseball team.

Are you man enough to join them?

Are you man enough to get an annual wellness exam?