No Shame November Brings Attention to Deadly Disease

Everyone knows about breast cancer. With October designated as breast cancer awareness month, several companies, from Yoplait to 5 Hour Energy to Hot Topic, donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation when you buy special “pink” products, and various breast cancer walks and drives happening all the time, everyone is aware of its detriments.

But what about other types, such as colon cancer? According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men and women combined. 72 percent of cases occur in the colon, and 28 percent of cases occur in the rectum. There is a 5.1 percent chance of contracting colon cancer, with an average diagnosis age of 72. The American Cancer Society estimates that 143,460 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, and 51,690 people will die from the disease.

In an effort to help find a cure, the Delta Kappa chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated is raising money for the American Cancer Society through No Shame November. “This idea came off of a play of words on No Shave November, where men don’t shave for the entire month. A lot of cancer chemo patients feel ashamed of their baldness, and we want to show them there’s no shame in being bald,” said President Joe Wilson.

Their methods are simple. A $1 donation gets one raffle ticket, and a $5 donation gets 10 raffle tickets. For every $100 in donations collected, a raffle ticket will be pulled and the winner gets the opportunity to shave any Sigma’s head. Winners will be contacted through whatever method they write on the raffle ticket.

“As a service organization on MSU’s campus who has a national partnership with the ACS, we not only have a passion for, but an obligation to service our community and participate in the fight against cancer,” said Wilson. “This November, we chose colon cancer, as it is a major detriment to the health of men, especially in the African American community, and it’s ribbon color is royal blue,” said Vice President Charlton Washington. And people are eager to help: according to Washington, the Sigmas collected $97 just on their first day of fundraising.

Announcement of winners and head shaving will happen at a later date.

–Devyne Lloyd

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