A Movember to remember
Eddie Fraser of Southside Hospital begins the month with a clean shave. He won’t see the razor again until Nov. 30.

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A Movember to remember


ISLIP TOWN—It might be the month of November, but to many men it’s becoming well known as Movember, a month that is dedicated to drawing attention to men’s health issues. Some staff members at North Shore-LIJ Southside Hospital decided to join in the movement this year that will raise funds and awareness to various male diseases, such as prostate and testicular cancers as well as depression.

The program is relatively simple: participating men get a nice clean shave on the last day of October and then agree to remain unshaven for the next 30 days. Usually, a fundraising event will occur on Nov. 30, when they are then relieved of their encroaching whiskers. For the guys of Southside Hospital, that event will be held during Happy Hour on Nov. 30 at TJ Finley’s on Main Street in Bay Shore, where they will happily be shaved. All are welcome to attend.

The Movember Foundation is a worldwide movement that was started over 12 years ago. Since 2003, millions have joined in and have raised $650 million to fund over 1,000 programs that focus on men’s health and well-being. The need for these programs is evident on paper, and to many men they are alarming: prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the U.S.; testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men age 15-34 in the U.S.; one in four adult males in this country experiences mental health problems every year; and only around half of American men meet the federal guidelines for physical fitness.

For more information on this foundation, go to the website www.us.movember.com.