Sen. Proos growing beard to raise awareness of men’s health

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is participating in “November is Movember” to raise awareness of the many health issues facing men in Michigan.

“The goal of Movember is to shine a light on men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, and to remind men of just how important early detection can be in saving lives,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Unfortunately, we all know of a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer. Growing out a beard during November is about growing awareness of cancer risks in men and stressing the importance of overall good health.”

Proos co-sponsored Senate Resolution 112 to dedicate November to helping draw attention to men’s health issues as well as cancer prevention, research, education and continuing care.

This summer, Proos sponsored Senate Resolution 70 designating June 15-21 as “Men’s Health Week” to raise awareness of the preventable health issues facing men and to encourage all men to get regular exercise and medical checkups in order to improve their health.

“Although men have a 50-50 chance of developing some form of cancer during their lifetime, more than half of all premature deaths among American men are preventable,” Proos said. “In fact, almost three out of every four men are overweight and heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men, yet most men do not put a high priority on their own health.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, men are 70 percent less likely to seek treatment than women.

“I encourage all Southwest Michigan men to stop the excuses and talk to a doctor about their health,” Proos said. “We cannot ignore our health problems forever. The sooner we recognize our health risks and discuss them with a doctor, the healthier we can be and the longer we can enjoy life with our families.”

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Editor’s note: Proos’ men’s health public service announcement is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Proos’ website at: www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Video” under the Media Center tab.

Separate audio comments by Proos are also available on the senator’s website. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.