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Movember Puts The Spotlight On ‘Staches And Men’s Health

Evening Edition

Aired 10/29/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Greg Koch, CEO, Stone Brewing Company

Dr. Luis Castellanos, Cardiologist, UC San Diego

Dr. Christopher Kane, Chief Urologist, UC San Diego

Transcript

If you see the clean-shaven men in your life suddenly sprouting marvelous mustaches this month, it's probably for a good cause.

The Movember mustache-growing event is both a fundraiser and an awareness-raiser for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer and mental illness.

The fundraiser encourages men to grow their mustaches for 30 days while getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to the Movember Foundation or other organizations that focus on men's health issues. It all starts Nov. 1 with a clean shave.

Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing Company, is a big motivator behind Movember in San Diego.

“I’ve grown quite fond of my righteous beard and will miss the distinguished look I’ve been working on for two years, but men’s health is definitely a cause worth shaving for,” said Koch.

Koch has raised more than $15,000 dollars for the cause.

Local physicians say Movember is making an impact and helps men open up about issues they may be embarrassed or afraid to talk about.

"I see what the breast cancer community has done for breast health. You have to be blind to not notice the great effort that breast cancer advocacy groups have done. We have missed that on the men's side. We're not competing, we want to help the fundraising for everyone, but anything that gets people's attention is a great thing. It's also fun that there is a fun element to it," said Dr. Christopher Kane, Chief Urologist at UC San Diego.

About three times as much money goes to breast cancer research compared prostate cancer according to the National Cancer Institute.

Prostate cancer, which tends to be slow growing, is the most common cancer in men and affects mostly older men as opposed to testicular cancer which typically develops in males between the ages of 15 and 35.

The American Cancer Society says about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year.

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