Men, Get Your Beard on During No Shave November
No matter your favorite style of facial hair, it’s time for men to let it grow for Rapides Regional Medical Center’s fifth No Shave November.
The purpose of No Shave November is two-fold.
The first is to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
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.
The second purpose of No Shave November is to raise money to help patients of the Rapides Cancer Center afford transportation for treatment. In the first four years, No Shave November has raised $15,000 for local patients. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Alexandria Police Department, Pineville Police Department, Louisiana College baseball team and LSU of Alexandria Athletics are among those in the community who have taken part.
To participate in No Shave November, all you have to do is grow a beard, mustache or some other type of facial hair during the month of November.
Women, and men who don’t want to grow facial hair, still have a way to participate. Rapides Regional Medical Center has “Buy a Beard” cards available for a donation to the Rapides Regional Auxiliary Cancer Fund. The cards allow the donor to write the name of a family member or friend who has battled cancer, or is currently battling cancer, on them. They can then be displayed on the donor’s place of business or work. To inquire about the “Buy a Beard” cards, (318) 769-3140.
No Shave November begins on Nov. 1. Post a picture of yourself to Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Facebook page or tag it at #RapidesNoShave. On 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.
A link may also be found on Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Facebook page.