Maintain your Beard for Decembeard
While Movember has come and gone, your mustaches are here to stay as we enter Decembeard. This month we use our beards to draw attention to a very preventable issue: bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer. So keep growing those goatees, twirling those mustaches, and styling your unique facial hairdo as a means to raise awareness for this cause.
Did You Mean December?
Decembeard is not a typo or auto-correct. Just like Movember, it is a month-long movement to raise awareness in order to educate, raise funds, and ultimately beat diseases. December is the month when we grow full-fledged fur all over our faces in order to get the conversation started. If you already sport full facial hair, change the color or style it differently in order to draw attention and get people talking. There is no better time than the cold winter month of December to wear a coat of facial fur to keep your face warm and cozy; and there is no better time than Decembeard to talk about bowel cancer.
Who Is the Movement’s Leader?
This movement to educate and obliterate bowel cancer has been around for a while. Beating Bowel Cancer has been teaching about the symptoms of the disease, encouraging individuals over 50 years of age to get screened, explaining how to change habits to reduce risk factors, and raising funds to help those affected as well as those searching for a cure. If you go on www.beatingbowelcancer.org, you can learn a lot of helpful facts as well as donate to this important cause.
The incidence of this cancer has been on the decline throughout the past few decades. This decrease can be attributed to several reasons. The screening tests are not only for early detection, but also for prevention. If benign polyps are spotted, their removal avoids any potential cancerous changes.
Furthermore, the identification of risk factors has made the medical community realize that the main risk for this disease is not genetic predisposition but rather poor lifestyle choices. Thus the improvement of lifestyle has prevented an unknown number of cases. Reducing alcohol and meat consumption, quitting smoking, increasing physical activity, consuming more fruits, vegetables and water all greatly reduce the incidence of this disease.
Add that to the fact that early detection through screening tests such as colonoscopies and awareness of early signs combined with advancement in medical treatment have made this disease 90% curable if caught early, and you can see that Decembeard is a great cause. So if you have always been curious about how you would look with a face full of fur, then this is the perfect month to find out.