Doctors Hope ‘Movember’ Encourages Cancer Screenings

Doctors are using the month of ‘Movember’ to remind men to get checked for cancers and other health issues, something very few do on their own.
By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX – Doctors are using the month of ‘Movember’ to remind men to get checked for cancers and other health issues, something very few do on their own.

Dr. Michael Ragain, University Medical Center Senior Vice President, said employees there are putting down the razor this month and growing mustaches to raise awareness.

“If you have an aggressive cancer it could end your life and so finding those cancers is important,” said Ragain.  “It has increased the conversation around men's health and that is what we’re trying to do.”

Ragain said early detection is crucial in fighting the disease that takes more than 30,000 lives each year, but he said many men just won’t get screened. 

“Often men are dragged to the doctor's office kicking and screaming,” said Ragain.  Lot of folks are worried that they might find something and have to deal with it.”

However, skipping that check up is dangerous, Ragain said especially if you're a smoker.

“There's not a one size fits all, but when you approach the age of 50 you should begin thinking about a conversation with your physician,” he said.  “Look at those people, your wife, your kids, your job, your family and say you need to do it for them.”

If you would like to donate to men’s health awareness and prostate cancer visit http://us.movember.com/donate

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