No shave messenger

Dr. Bryan Dye, center, grows a beard during No Shave November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Joining Dr. Dye in the photo are his children, Colby, Sydney, Sarah and Brendan.

For Purcell physician Dr. Bryan Dye, putting away the razor on November 1 isn’t simply to let the whiskers grow.

Granted, those whiskers are conversation starters and the dialog they generate is all about raising awareness of men’s health concerns like prostate and testicular cancers.

Dye has been sporting facial hair in November for a few years now.

At the urging of his sons, he started with Movember – growing a mustache to bring awareness to men’s health.

He’s kept the message but changed his participation to No Shave November.

Hence the annual full beard.

“I do it and people ask me (about the beard),” Dye said. “It’s an opportunity to bring up men’s health.

“Men typically don’t want to sit around and talk about men’s health.”

Dye said the timing makes sense.

October, he noted, is a month given to breast cancer awareness.

What could be more natural for November than switching the focus to men and their gender-specific health matters?

When he first started sporting facial hair, many asked him if he’d quit shaving for hunting season.

Nowadays his patients and friends expect it.

His earliest beard attempts were for a full beard.

He quickly learned his facial growth wasn’t quite Duck Dynasty material.

But that was OK.

“You can’t be a doctor and do Duck Dynasty,” he explained.

After all, his preference is a neatly trimmed beard.

No Shave November officially ends November 30.

But Dye typically leaves the razor in the drawer for another month or as long as “my favorite football team is still winning.”

“I keep it on until they lose,” the diehard OU fan said.

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