Movember and No-Shave November highlight men's health

Amity Addrisi reports

The razors are about to return as "Movember" and "No-Shave November" come to and end.

Here's a breakdown of why so many people have ditched the razor for a good cause.

"No-Shave November" encourages men and women to donate the money they would have spent on shaving products to the American Cancer Society. Alternately, "Movember" (created by the Movember Foundation), raises money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's mental health issues

The message covering men’s faces everywhere is still the same: Guys need to step up their game when it comes to their health

“I think men are socialized to tough it out, not worry about symptoms," said radiation oncologist Dr. Robert Meier. "And yet often times those symptoms are indicating something important."

Dr. Meier, who works at Swedish Medical Center, has personally seen what happens when men ignore their health until it's too late. He says Movember is a great way to raise awareness about men's cancers, but more needs to be done.

“It is frustrating to see people who've ignored their health and come in with a malignancy that had they come in earlier we could have cured,” explained Meier.

And what about screening? There is some debate on how often men should be checked for prostate and colon cancer. Dr. Meier suggests all men at the age of 50 get checked for prostate cancer, followed by screenings every two to four years until age 70. He also says men should get a colonoscopy at 50 and every 5 to 10 years after that, depending on what they find.

And it's not just cancer threatening the lives of our husbands and sons. That’s where No-Shave November comes in. Swedish primary care doctor Robert Klem says men are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease as well as depression.

“Men really delay their diagnosis or coming in for treatment regarding depression. The rate of suicide is much higher than Women,” explained Dr. Klem.

As November comes to an end, the beards and mustaches will start to disappear, but Swedish Health Services CEO Anthony Armada says he hopes the message of Movember and No-Shave November carries on.

“I think they understand that staying healthy is not just a daily event. It's a long time journey for you to stay committed to being healthy and that's what this is all about,” said Armada.
 


 

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