Myesha Smith, The Black Bear – No Shave November shows support and awareness to prostate and testicular cancers. Many patients battling cancer lose their hair during their treatment process.
Men, like freshman student Malik Dumas, are taking a stand during the month of November to express a great amount of support for male cancer patients.
“My reasoning for participating in this year’s No Shave November is to support those affected with cancer who go through different treatments resulting in an extreme loss of hair,” said Dumas.
Men and women around the world are growing their hair out, wild and free, in support of those cancer patients. Several men have participated in No Shave November on the Missouri State University campus and have shared the impact it has had on them.
Corey Feagin, junior hospitality and restaurant administration major, said he is inspired by the strength of his family members who have been diagnosed with cancer.
“It’s a small way to pay my respects,” said Feagin.
No-shave.org suggests the money individuals use on products for shaving and grooming for a month can be donated to cancer programs and cures.
Prostate cancer is the forming of extra cells of the prostate, creating a tumor in the male reproductive system. According to National Cancer Institute 2014 statistics, prostate cancer is one of the leading cancers in this year’s diagnostics cases.
Testicular cancer is found in the male testes, affecting the reproductive system as well; generally between the ages of 20 and 34. The National Institute of Health estimated 8,820 cases of testicular cancer in 2014.
“It means a great deal for people to rally against a common enemy, said Robert Colyer, sophomore political science major.
“No one likes cancer, so it’s awesome to see men and women participating in No Shave November. The ways in which people make their statements are creative and innovative; from not shaving a beard to a pair of legs. It’s one of those movements that is peaceful, yet powerful,” said Colyer.
“Stache Bash Will Mark End of No Shave November”, an annual event held in Springfield in honor of No Shave November, will be held on Nov. 30 from 7- 10 p.m. at 412 South Ave.
A couple of Missouri State University dormitories are participating in No Shave November as well. Both Woods House and Hutchens house will give away prizes to the least groomed resident of the building.