No Shave November for men's health

No Shave November for men's health

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You've likely noticed the men on the FOX34 crew have stopped shaving for No Shave November.

Brittany Sugg is a barber at Mo and Janet's Barbershop. She said business actually increases during No Shave November.

"They need someone to help them clean it up and just show them how to do it," Sugg said.

The rules are simple, put down the razor for 30 days and donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to the cause.

Dr. Ryan Owen said self examinations, even if you don't have symptoms, is a key part of early prevention.

"It's really any age, guys probably should be doing a self exam once a month, you can do that in the shower, at home however you want to do that," Covenant Medical Group Urologist Dr. Ryan Owen said.

If you do find an abnormality, go to the doctor.

"We can do an ultra sound, we can do an exam ourselves, we can find out if there's something that's meaningful or something that can be safely observed. If you have an elevated PSA, we can talk about treatment options and it's not always radiation, it's not always prostatectomy," Dr. Owen said.

The goal of No Shave November is to spark a conversation about testicular and prostate cancer.

"People I don't know are happy to share with me their thoughts on what they think about a mustache, whether it's good or bad and in turn I get to describe or explain why I'm doing this," Dr. Owen said.

Dr. Owen has a family history of prostate cancer. Instead of worrying about what could happen in the future, he hopes to teach about it.

"It's a nice thing to be able to turn the tables back and perhaps help other guys be in a position where you can prevent this disease or stop it," Dr. Owen said.

Sugg said a lot of men try out the beard this month then decide to keep it. Taking care of the beard is also a way to promote good hygiene. She said it can even be relaxing.

"It's like a face massage and we massage your neck and phsew, they always come back," Sugg said.

To register and donate: https://no-shave.org/.

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