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SHERMAN, TX - Love it or hate it, facial hair is becoming synonymous with November. It's that time of year when guys can get in touch with their inner Grizzly Adams, all while reminding everyone of the dangers of testicular cancer.

As the saying goes, boys will be boys, but November is the one time of year when they're encouraged to get a little manlier and let the facial hair grow.

"Half an inch, I'm looking for half an inch all the way around," said Steven Brinkley.

"I'm getting a little older now and it fills in better so it'll be kind of cool to see what happens with it," said Mike West.

Proudly sporting 5 o'clock shadows, these guys are just a few days into No Shave November or what some refer to as, Noshember!

The guys are doing it hoping to also grow awareness of testicular cancer.

The American Cancer Society says more than 300 men will die from it this year, but they say the disease is treatable if it's found early enough.

"It's a real important thing, they get a lot of awareness for women's breast cancer, but you know men equally have a problem with this so if we can grow some beards out and create some awareness, get some guys to get checked out, it's served it's purpose," said West.

It's the one time of year when guys can actually ditch the shaving cream and the razors.

A lot of guys do it for the manly competition of seeing who can grow the most facial hair, but others say it's a fun way to promote awareness of testicular cancer.

"It's something the guys can do a little bit to kind of band together, it's an important thing that guys need to be checked out, sometimes guys we put our problems and health on the back burner," West said.

And while a lot of ladies say they don't usually dig facial hair, most of them say they can deal with it for a month.

"It's a little, a little rough, but I think I can handle it for this cause," Jessica Maines said.

"I think it's really good for the men to participate in things and it would make the public more aware," said Teresa West.