‘Movember’ kicks off in Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It is now November, and as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer, Man Up Mahoning Valley, Humility of Mary Health Partners, and local leaders, including WKBN’s own Rich Morgan, are joining forces.

Participants are taking part in “Movember,” where they start the month clean-shaven, but grow and groom their mustaches throughout the month.

Organizers hope that seeing men who usually don’t have facial hair will spark conversations about the importance of age-appropriate prostate cancer screenings that can save lives.

“It’s extremely important that guys get checked because really there’s no signs or symptoms to prostate cancer,” Dr. Daniel Ricchiuti of NEO Urology said. “Often times we hear guys say, ‘Oh, I feel fine, I don’t need to get checked,’ but they really do, guys need (to), whether they have a family history of prostate cancer or not.”

The American Cancer Society states that one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives and more than 233,000 will be diagnosed this year.

For more information, visit the Man Up Mahoning Valley Facebook page.

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