Why November is Also Known as Movember
SOUTHPORT, N.Y.(WENY)-- November is Men's health awareness month, better known as Movember, and doctors at Guthrie want stress the importance of why you're actually growing those mustaches.
"It is to increase awareness around men's health issues and with regard to men, it is to encourage them to come know their bodies, know if something changes, know that their are people both spouses and those of us in the medical field community who are here to help and not be afraid to come and seek out our care," says Christopher Fucito, D.O. with Guthrie Family Medicine.
As where "No-Shave November" is to bring awareness to all cancer and men's health in general, Movember is specifically centered around three major illnesses that affect men.
"There's three things that you need to talk about in regards to men's health issues and that becomes prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and then depression issues," says Fucito.
In regards to testicular cancer, it is more common in men ages 15 to 35 where as prostate cancer is more common in 40 years old and above. The reason that doctors want to bring awareness to these topics, especially depression, is because it is more common that men are not as welcomed to talk about their emotions and or illnesses, leading them to not seek medical help.
"It's very imperative that families are supportive of each other. What if they do recognize problems in their loved one that they do bring it up to them so they do present to their physician," Fucito tells WENY News.
Doctors told WENY News that if you notice any signs or symptoms in yourself, your friend, and or family member, that the doctors at Guthrie urge you to come in and see them as soon as possible.
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