AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – October was breast cancer awareness month, and now, the American Cancer Society will raise awareness about prostate cancer during the month of November.
“No Shave November” is a trend where men put down their razors and don’t shave for the entire month of November. But now there’s a purpose behind that.
The American Cancer Society wants to use this trend to raise awareness about prostate cancer. The idea of men not shaving their beards is a way to draw attention to the hair that many cancer patients typically lose. Instead of using the money on shaving and grooming, men are encouraged to donate it to cancer research.
“I think it’s good, I mean, let guys know that there is support for us,” says Bob Germano, owner of Bob’s Barber Shop in Agawam. “Like the breast cancer with the ladies and everything because men have the problem too with cancer as well, so, great idea.”
Joseph Taylor of West Springfield says, “Men are in the same league. Men and women are actually equal. When it comes to diseases I don’t think one should be left without the other.”
The American Cancer society encourages men to grow their facial hair this month as a way of helping to get people thinking about prostate cancer. They’re also encouraging women to consider not shaving their legs to show support.