BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – During the month of November, men across the country will forgo shaving and grooming to spark conversations about men’s health and prostate cancer awareness.
The purpose of the national campaign is to raise awareness by hugging your hair and donating the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate those around you about cancer prevention, saving lives and helping those leading the fight. Arkansas Urology is also raising awareness of the men’s health conversation, encouraging screenings and educating men across the state.
Dr Matthew Kincade and Dr Adam Childs of Arkansas Urology joined KNWA Today & Fox 24 News with Marketing Director Chris Shenep to highlight No-Shave November and share ways to support the cause.
“Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. African Americans are at very, very high risk compared to other ethnicities, but Latinos and Caucasians are also at high risk, ”Kincade said.
He advises men to start screening for prostate cancer around age 50, which includes a prostate exam and a PSA blood test. The test measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by cancerous and non-cancerous tissues of the prostate, a small gland located under the bladder in men. Dr Kincade adds that younger men should also be screened for testicular cancer.
Dr Adams Childs said early detection is the best detection of the disease.
“Early detection in critical situations. Unfortunately, prostate cancer is a disease that doesn’t have many symptoms until it is advanced. “When you can spot prostate cancer early, men have a lot of options if it’s really early, even looking at it, to things like surgery and radiation that have high success rates if you can. pass them on to men early enough, ”Childs said.
Arkansas Urology has also launched its own “No-shave November beard support” to help men support the cause. From November 10 to 28, entrants can submit photos of their beards to win in the best and worst beard categories. One lucky winner will win a big screen TV and other prizes will be awarded as well!