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Your Healthy Family: November is here, let your beard grow for Men's Health Awareness

Posted at 4:36 PM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2023-02-23 13:26:52-05

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November is Men's Health Awareness Month and also an excuse for men to put down their razors and let their facial hair grow to raise awareness about men's health issues.

This effort casts a wide net about men's health issues, including mental health, suicide prevention, heart health, obesity, and prostate, testicular, and lung cancer.

Some of us at News5, myself included, have chosen to grow beards and raise money to support The American Cancer Society. We have also teamed with our sister station Denver7 and called our statewide effort No Shave Colorado.

While we are focusing our facial fundraising efforts on cancer, all month long in Your Healthy Family I will be sharing stories on many of the important health issues facing men. One thing all of these men's health issues have in common is that men in general like to put off their annual physicals and health screenings, or even health issues until it's too late.

In 2016, I did my first men’s health stories with Dr. Ian Tullberg, the Urgent Care Medical Director for UCHealth. Dr. Tullberg told me men don’t often take the best care of themselves when it comes to going to the doctor regularly and proactively managing their health. "We just don't for some odd reason; only about 50% of men actually see a doctor on a regular basis for checkups and lab work. Sometimes we are lazy, other times we might make up this excuse or that, but no excuse is worth dying early for."

I'm looking forward to bringing more awareness to men's health stories throughout the month. I know it's something I always learn from and find better ways to try and care for my health.

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