By Riley O'Connor, Morning Meteorologist - bio | email
Riley O'Connor's goal is to get 8,000 of you to like Movember on our page.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
When you hear about cancer support groups, breast cancer might be the first one to come to mind and rightly, so it's a devastating disease.
But awareness of a cancer that affects men, prostate cancer, is also growing.
This campaign is called Movember and it aims to tell men, and their loved ones, what they need to know.
Movember, the slang word for "mo" meaning moustache and "November" is an annual, month long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November. It highlights men's health issues-specifically prostate cancer.
"The average age of diagnosis is 67 years, but we recommend that people get a baseline PSA exam once they are 40. This is a change from a few years ago when we started screening at age 50, unless, you have a family history of African American, we start at 40," Dr. Craig Block, M.D. Urologist said.
So why the moustache you ask? Well to get the conversation going. Research shows that the growing of the "mo" generates more than 2,400 conversations during the month of November and getting involved is easy and you can start today! You can participate by growing your own 'stache and registering.
KTIV'S Brad Pautsch's father is a survivor of the disease and he is excited to spread the word by sporting his "MO."
"It was over ten years ago and we found out that my father had prostate cancer. When you hear the word cancer, it's pretty scary. They found it early and then developed a plan and he had surgery. Everything went well and it's been over ten years and no signs of reoccurrence and he has felt great," Brad Pautsch, KTIV's Sports Director said.
"It's good to raise awareness and it lets people know it's an issue and awareness of prostate cancer and what to do to protect yourself. If people ask us why we are a little fuzzier than we usually are, they will know why and we can give an answer about the cause," Pautsch said.
Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the power of the moustache. Join the KTIV crew and me in raising awareness of prostate cancer.
Last year, globally, more than 1.9 million participants raised over 299 million dollars for men's health, specifically prostate and testicular initiatives.
Now there are a few grooming rules to follow to turn that "Mo" into a masterpiece.
There is to be no joining of the Mo and sideburns.
There is to be no joining of the handlebars at the chin but you are allowed a "complimentary" growth under the chin, also knows as The Tickler.
KTIV has over 16,000 Face book followers.
My goal is to get 8,000 of you to like Movember on our page.
It's easy to do, but it can help make a big difference, maybe for someone you love.
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