Mustaches for prostate cancer

By on November 13, 2010

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold is participating this month with Movember, to raise awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. The organizers’ plan was to bring back the popularity of the moustache as a way of doing something for men’s health. The guys behind the Mo (slang for moustache) realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.

To join Arnold in participating in Movember, register at and then grow a moustache for the entire month of November. The moustache is the “ribbon” for men’s health and helps raise awareness for cancers and other health issues that affect men.

“Men are less likely than women to seek medical care and are nearly half as likely as women to pursue preventive health visits or undergo screening tests,” Arnold said. “But if we can raise awareness about the importance of routine check-ups and screenings, especially in such a visible way as growing a moustache, hopefully we can improve the health of men all over.”

Arnold, a prostate cancer survivor, is among Movember participants growing a moustache this month.

The number-one cause of death in men is heart disease, followed by cancer (lung, prostate and colorectal).

Some of the things men should talk with their doctor about include:
• Prostate health
• Obesity
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Colorectal cancer
• Recommended screenings

Eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and keeping up with exams and screenings are some of the things men can do to live longer, healthier lives.

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