"You gotta see these men," laughed Diann Cimring, Lehigh Regional Medical Center's marketing director. "We've got a bunch of great guys here at the hospital who haven't shaved for a month and it was all done for a good cause - to bring attention to men's health problems including awareness of testicular and prostate cancer. The purpose of the month-long event urged men to understand aging, family history and other factors that may increase their chances of these types of cancer.
Cimring said the men didn't mind the teasing and ribbing because it gave them an opportunity to get the word out that men should begin taking care of their health, go to a doctor and get checked out.
The No Shave November event as it has been called across the nation called on men to throw away the razor and let the facial hair grow until the end of the month.
Diann Cimring inspects the beard up close of Brandon Bossard, director of surgical services at Lehigh Regional Medical Center.
And this past weekend, the men in Lehigh said they were going to shave them off. One of the men said his wife had threatened to shave his off while he was sleeping.
"It was all a good cause and the men have been wonderful in participating in this very important cause," Cimring said.
"Over the years, men haven't talked about health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other types of cancer," she said.
In 2003, some 30 men in Australia decided to grow facial hair to call importance to men's health issues. Starting what officially became Moveber, the group decided to grow mustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues. The idea caught on and now every year more than a million people register online and locally, take part in the No Shave ritual.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men in their lifetime could be diagnosed with prostate cancer. There are 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer in a year in the U.S., said Cimring
What were the rules?
Cimring said number one rule was to shave clean on the last day of October and on Nov. 1, to throw away the razor and for the entire month, each man must grow and groom a moustache and other facial hair.
And the last rule and most important rule for No Shave November is that each men participating must conduct himself like a true gentleman, and they all did, despite the teasing," Cimring said.
"If we got the message out to many of the men who visited our hospital or who knew the men who quit shaving, and it caused that man to visit his doctor and become more aware of men's health issues, it has done a great service," Cimring said.
By this past weekend, the men showed up back at the hospital to work with clean shaven faces.
"They were great sports," Cimring said.