The increased awareness for different types of cancers continues to grow. Yet, there can never be too much awareness, especially when it comes to men. The Prostate Cancer Foundation stresses the importance of early detection and screening for men; yet 1 in 6 men will still be diagnosed.
There is a noble venture going on during the month of November to raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
Once registered at http://www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery.”
While I am not able to grow a glorious mustache, I would like to take a moment and recognize all of those who are willing to sacrifice their cupid’s bow in honor of something greater than a hairy upper-lip. There is something magical and inspiring about a handle-bar mustache that makes me want to tell a man to go see an oncologist, ASAP. I find it equally important to recognize not only prostate and testicular cancer, but also colon cancer.
My father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in July 2008. After a long road of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, colon resection, more surgery, and healing, I can honorably say my father is cancer free. Yet, he would be the first to tell you having a colonoscopy is not the bees knees. Drinking the night-before liquid stomach-pump mix is anything but fun; but a necessary evil. I am thankful for whatever and whoever initially compelled him to do the awkwardly uncomfortable procedure, because he would not be here today if it weren’t for detecting the cancer.
Are you a blogger? Are you part of the #SLPbloggers? Please take a moment this November to share about #Movember on your blog. Inspire the men in your life to get their prostate checked and have that 50-year-celebratory colonoscopy. Here’s to a world with more birthdays!