No Shave November

November 2, 2014

 

 

 

Let’s talk about No Shave November.

 

No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness.  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.  

 

There are many ways you can participate.

·         Participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs get mangly, and skipping that waxing appointment.  

·         Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to a cancer foundation.

·         Give back even more by picking up some sweet merchandise to show your support.  

·         If you're not ready to sport a new shaggy look, consider donating anyway to support the cause.

 

Why is this important to me?

As many of you may know, I lost my father to prostate cancer September 26, 2014.  He was diagnosed in August 2013, at which point the cancer had already metastasized into his bones.  Losing my father to cancer has definitely been the most difficult thing for me to endure.  As part of my own personal journey through grief, I am dedicating time to spread awareness of this disease. 

Here are some facts about prostate cancer:

  1. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

    1. ​​About 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed

    2. About 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer

  2. About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

  3. Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.

  4. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer.

  5. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

 

Stay informed and get tested.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Research has not yet proven that the potential benefits of testing outweigh the harms of testing and treatment. The American Cancer Society believes that men should not be tested without learning about what we know and don’t know about the risks and possible benefits of testing and treatment.

Starting at age 50, men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them. If they are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, men should have this talk with a doctor starting at age 45. If men decide to be tested, they should have the PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often they are tested will depend on their PSA level.

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