LANSING, Mich. — For the next four weeks, Sen. Jim Stamas will grow awareness for key men’s health issues by participating in “No-Shave November.”
“We all know of a friend, father, brother, uncle or coworker who has been affected by cancer, which is why November is dedicated to supporting them and raising awareness about this awful disease,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The goal for No-Shave November is to shine a light on the many of the health issues facing men, such as prostate and testicular cancer, heart disease and obesity, and to remind men of just how important early detection can be in saving lives.”
Stamas’ resolution declaring the month as “No-Shave November” was approved by the Senate on Tuesday. Senate Resolution 112 says that it is important to draw attention to men’s health issues as well as cancer prevention, research, education and continuing care.
“Roughly one of every seven men will get prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in men,” Stamas said. “And while men have a 50-50 chance of developing some form of cancer during their lifetime, we must stress the importance of overall health. Nearly 75 percent of men are overweight, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men, yet men reluctant to discuss their health or see a doctor.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, men are 70 percent less likely to seek treatment than women.
“I encourage all men to talk about our health issues and schedule regular doctor visits,” Stamas said. “The more we recognize our health risks and discuss these topics with our loved ones and physicians, the healthier we can be and the longer we can live.”
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