Men's health highlighted in November

Nov 22, 2010

An initiative calls for men to grow a mustache

The color pink has become synonymous with breast cancer, but there are efforts are underway to increase awareness for men's health issues as well.

An initiative called Movember was started in Australia in 2004. The idea is for men to grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness for conditions that affect the male population.

Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Damon Arnold is a prostate cancer survivor and is promoting Movember in the state. He says it's important to raise awareness for men's health problems because they are less likely to see a doctor than women.

"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," says Arnold.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 30,000 men died from prostate cancer in 2006. While some men are at a higher risk of developing the disease than others, it's important for everyone to prepare for life's worst case scenario by having a will and life insurance set up.

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