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No Shave November: raising awareness for men’s health

Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 9:38 PM CST
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ASHFORD, Ala. (WTVY) --

November is the time men put down the razors and grow out their facial hair for No Shave November, usually donating what they would spend on grooming products to educate about cancer prevention.

WTVY spoke with a physician with Southeast Health ACOM Ashford Clinic about the importance of men’s health.

“Men’s health is something that is somewhat overlooked at times by men ourselves,” Medical Director of Southeast Health ACOM Ashford Clinic Dr. Justin Hovey. “Typically, we’ll have more men come in during this time because their wife or their significant other saw it on TV and told them they need to come in.”

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, with one in nine diagnosed.

“Most men who have prostate cancer will likely die from something else other than prostate cancer but this is why it’s important to go see your doctor and have that important conversation about should I be getting screened or not,”

Screenings may sound unappealing, but Hovey believes they’re essential.

“Unfortunately there is a stigma with mental health and that steak might make some men think that they can tough it out or that they are being weak but it’s not really a weakness of that person as it is a disease like type 2 diabetes would be a disease.”

Some screenings should begin as early as your teenage years.

“It’s not a time to be shy,” Hovey continued. “It’s a time to really stay on top of your testicular health and understand that relationship you have with your physician is a sacred relationship and it’s ok.”

These visits will build up to one of the most important screenings for your health.

“Colon cancer is extremely tough cancer to fight and people who die from it do suffer very much so the best way to screen and to take care of colon cancer is to get a colonoscopy done relatively early,” Hovey finished.

Dr. Hovey recommends you establish a relationship with a primary care physician to advocate for your health and help with your screenings.

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