You may see a lot more beards this November in Amarillo. It’s not a Phish show. It’s No Shave November. That means putting up that razor and letting the hair flow. It’s all to draw awareness to men’s cancer prevention.
Jason McCoy, Senior Market Manager for the Amarillo American Cancer Society, says, “It’s something that people deal with everyday, your appearance, and if something changes in your appearance people are going to wonder why, and so it’s just a great opportunity to talk about men’s health.”
24 Hours in the Canyon Director, Ryan Parnell adds, “Really it’s kind of that deal that’s just kind of out of the norm. I know a lot of guys that are participating that you would probably never see with a beard or a mustache and so it’s just a very unique way to draw attention to that.”
That conversation can be hard to start, but it could save your life. Ryan and Jason agree that early detection is the key to positive outcomes. That means having regular screenings.
Jason McCoy reminds all men that they are not immune to cancer and letting men know that, “Cancer does not discriminate against race, ethnicity, age, anything. You need to listen to your body, if you’re not feeling right or something doesn’t look right, then it may not be right.”
So let’s have that conversation. Just ask about that new beard.
You can find more information on the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.