When November rolls around people generally think of these things; colorful leaves on the trees, Thanksgiving, and No Shave November. No Shave November is a yearly tradition that many Americans take part in, but why? This tradition raises awareness for cancer patients who have lost their hair, letting participants embrace their own hair, growing it wild and freely.
Movember is in support of men who have health issues, mainly cancers like; prostate, testicular, pancreatic and breast cancer, as well as the other health problems thousands of men have to deal with, according to Cancer in Men. But in recent years, it has grown to more than just men, as Americans try to acknowledge all people with health problems, including women.
This year nearly 1.8 million people have been diagnosed with cancer, with over half resulting in some hair loss, according to the National Cancer Institute. This large number of cancer cases gives Americans a reason, men in particular, to grow as much hair as possible without shaving, with some actually donating their hair for wigs and such.
In the 11 year of existence of “Movember”, they have raised over $600 million to aid research for cancer, according to Time Magazine. Although, in 2018 the amount raised was less than the prior year for the first time ever.
Many of the teachers and students will take part in Movember this year, but some have been doing this for years. Science teacher, Ryan Sparks has been taking part in No Shave November since he was in college saying he’s always supported the cause in trying to find a cure for cancer.
People can help fund cancer research during each November through two main ways: donating their hair at the end of the month once they finally shave, or donate the money they would spend on shaving and haircuts during the month of November.
“I don’t think people realize what No Shave November is really about, and how it’s really in support of cancer research or I think more people would do it,'' senior Addison Lozinak said.
November is a top three month in terms of cancer research foundation. The other two big months are October for breast cancer, and May, which is National Cancer Research month.
Now there is a difference in No Shave November and Movember: No Shave November is about not shaving anything, where Movember is just not shaving that mustache.
There are some teachers who have taken part in No Shave November, but aren’t this year. Woodshop teacher, Rory Schmidt says he fully supports and understands cancer awareness, but isn’t planning on being part of it this year.
Movember is something that has been around for a while now, with more and more supporters each year raising millions of dollars. Movember isn’t just to find cures for cancer in men, but it’s also to help prevent suicide in men, mental health in men and many other things as well.
November is the one month out of the year where Americans really focus on men’s health and is hoped to be continued for years to come. Women’s and men’s health are both vitally important and need to be recognized for more than just one month of the year.