Have you seen men sporting a little extra facial hair in the month of November? It may be because they’re taking up the challenge of No-Shave November.
What is No-Shave November?
No-Shave November is a non-profit organization that is devoted to raising cancer awareness and funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. No-Shave November is a month-long campaign during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. The idea is that people will ask men about their facial hair and it will spark conversation about men’s health issues. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy at no-shave.org. All proceeds from the campaign are the property of No-Shave November, which distributes funds to officially partnered organizations. Net proceeds from the 2016 No-Shave November campaign will be split evenly among the nonprofit partners and the American Cancer Society stands to receive 25% of raised funds.
No-Shave November started out as a virtual philanthropic campaign created by the Hill family of Illinois in to raise overall cancer awareness and funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission. Since the beginning of their partnership in 2013, No-Shave November has contributed $1,400,000 to the American Cancer Society.
How to Get Involved
Supporters are encouraged to visit the No-Shave November site and form or join a team to participate in the No-Shave movement. In addition, merchandise is available for purchase with proceeds contributed to the American Cancer Society.
Other Ways to Raise Awareness
Here are some other ways you can join the American Cancer Society in November in raising awareness of men's health. Take action to make a difference in your life or the life of a man you care about:
- Share the American Cancer Society guidelines to help prevent cancer in men or to detect it at an early stage.
- Talk to your health care professional about which screening tests are right for you.
- Adopt healthy lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, and eating healthy.