The “Movember” phenomenon is known for fuzzy faces, but health officials don’t hesitate to remind audiences that it is rooted in boosting awareness of men’s health issues and the need to encourage more screening and better health habits.
On Friday (18 November), Baptist Health South Florida urologist Dr. Daniel Martinez delivered lectures at both the Health Services Authority and at Caribbean Utilities Company. The CUC audience of around a dozen employees, mostly men, heard Dr. Martinez discuss cancer risks, health interventions, and the importance of not letting health concerns interfere with personal relationships.
“Screenings are important because screening equals diagnosis, equals survival,” he said, “And this is a life or death thing. If you don’t get out and get screened, then you’re at a huge disadvantage and potentially you could hurt yourself.”
After the lecture, some of the men in attendance volunteered to have blood drawn and screened for indications of prostate cancer.