'No Shave November' in Cenla

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - November is not just for giving thanks, but to also bring awareness to men’s health.

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‘No Shave November’ gives men a chance to take control of their health by knowing what to check, and when to get checked out.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are 100 percent more likely than men to get preventative screening or see a doctor if they suspect something is wrong.

Rapides Parish School Resource Officer Brett Bolin has become an advocate for the cause. He was diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer in 2015.

“It went unchecked for me when it first started, about a year before I actually decided to do something about it,” says Bolin.

Although he’s still getting treatment, Brett is feeling much better and still working as an SRO in local schools every day. “The kids at school, plus my family and fellow officers have really helped me stay motivated to keep going.” He encourages all men to get their health checked regularly and not to wait until something is wrong.

For the past few weeks, several officers from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office have recognized him and other men by putting the razors away and growing full beards. Captain Tommy Carnline says so far, RPSO has collected more than $1600 in donations to be given to the Rapides Regional Auxiliary Fund. The fund will help patients who are undergoing treatment at the Rapides Cancer Center. Men and women can donate to the cause by buying a Beard Card for $10.

To donate, go to rapidesregional.com, look for the No Shave November banner, and click on a link to the Central Louisiana Community Foundation’s giving page. A link may also be found on Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Facebook page. To inquire about the beard cards, call 318-769-3140.

Men who are 45 years or older should get regular screenings for prostate cancer. If there’s a family history of cancer, doctors recommend getting screened at an even earlier age. Men of all ages should consider getting wellness checkups each year.

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