GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – No Shave November is a phenomena that many people take part in, growing out beards throughout the entire month. But the reason behind it has meaning in the medical world.
The purpose is to raise awareness for men’s health issues.
“One population that seems to kind of hesitate going into the professional’s office or the provider’s office are men,” said Dr. Thomas Ellis, a family doctor.
“They’re not really routinely going to the medical facilities or their medical provider; they just don’t seem to come in. So it’s just awesome that you would have a month really dedicated to focus on those efforts.”
The idea is that individuals will donate the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming, which will help educate others about cancer prevention, thus saving lives and aiding those who are sick.
Brian Parker, an East Carolina University student, is participating in No Shave November.
“I guess the concept comes from hair loss, and you doing the exact opposite by growing your hair out,” said Parker.
“I know I’ve had families that had to endure cancer in the past, and I just one: like beards, and two: I want to give back as much as possible.”
Parker recently lost a family member to cancer, adding significance to this cause raising awareness.