The month of November has just begun and so has the sprouting of mustaches. The mustaches aren’t necessarily a response to the colder weather, but a sign that “Movember” is here—a month dedicated to raising awareness about various men’s health issues through facial hair growth. While there are many topics within the men’s health umbrella, this charity chooses to focus on the most prominent ones, mental health, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. While all of these topics are important, prostate cancer tends to receive the spotlight as it affects 1 in 6 men.
There has long been a debate surrounding the issue of prostate cancer screening, especially around the PSA test and whether it should be standard practice. The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has long been involved in this debate and continues to take the stand that this decision is a personal one that every individual man should make after talking to their provider and receiving all the facts about the test. As our president, Michael Barry puts it, “we believe weighing the pros and cons of the PSA test to arrive at a decision is an individual process.”
The Movember charity’s philosophy falls in line with that of the Foundation. They too believe that the decision to undergo a PSA test is a personal one, and each individual man should talk to their provider about getting screened. To help men with this decision, Movember provides a simple chart laying out the pros and cons of the PSA test. “Men who understand the key facts about the decision and have an opportunity to talk with a doctor about their values, can then make informed choices that are aligned with their preferences,” says Diana Stilwell, our chief production officer. We hope each and every man takes the time to understand the facts and reflect on his own preferences to make his own decision regarding the PSA test this Movember. Happy mustache growing!
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