This month, you can join the fight against bowel cancer by participating in Decembeard. This event encourages participants to make a change to their usual facial hair grooming habits to raise awareness of Australia’s second most deadly cancer.

Why should I get involved?

Bowel cancer is a disease that affects parts of the colon or rectum. As people get older, the risk of bowel cancer increases. However, the experts at House Call Doctor say that the curability of bowel cancers improves when detected early. Decembeard aims to raise awareness of the disease and encourage people to get tested.

How can I get involved?

It’s easy to get involved in Decembeard. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Create a profile at Decembeard 2020
  2. Set a fundraising target
  3. Add a photo of yourself and write about why you are participating
  4. Share your profile on social media to start collecting donations from supporters
  5. Add a Decembeard frame to your social media profile pictures to help you raise awareness.

What if I can’t grow a beard?

For those who don’t have facial hair or can’t grow a beard there is Decembhair. There are no rules for this fundraiser, just get creative with your hair. If you are struggling for an idea, here are some things you can do to participate:

  • Grow your hair longer
  • Dye your existing hair or facial hair a different colour
  • Skip shaving or waxing and go natural with your legs or eyebrows
  • Shave off your long hair or beard
  • Wear a wig
  • Throw a Decembhair Christmas party
  • Grab your friends or work mates and create a team to make an even bigger impact
  • Become a supporter of another participant and share their profile to your own social media pages.

Whether you participate in Decembeard or Decembhair or not, it’s a timely reminder to book a bowel screen and get tested for bowel cancer. To find out more information, head to Bowel Cancer Australia.