Many now know November is Men’s Health Month thanks largely to Carlton Lodge whose “Movember” Campaign raised over $1700 to aid the Abaco Cancer Society.
Raymond Lowe, a Master at the Carlton Lodge, said that “We feel that men are not looking after their health like they should, and while there is a lot of promotion for breast cancer awareness, there hasn’t been a lot of promotion for awareness of prostate cancer for men, and the things that ail men.”
“Men are fathers, grandfather, brothers, sons and uncles, so if we can help a few people and maybe save some lives it is really worth trying to do,” he said.
He explained that “Movember” is a month long event where men grow mustaches, and some in very weird or funny ways, to create conversation and promote men’s health while getting donations toward the cause.
Mr. Lowe said that men’s health awareness covers a variety of health issues, but primarily focuses on prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health.
Dr. James Hull spoke to the crowd gathered for the event held at Snappas Bar and Grill. He noted that women are never a problem when it comes to checking on their health, but very few men will go to a doctor until it is serious. Oftentimes this leads to a treatable condition becoming life threatening.
He encouraged men to get routine check-ups and women to push and urge the men in their life to see the doctor regularly.
Participants in the Movember Mustache Competition competed in several categories including the Tom Seleck Award (won by Jim Richard) ,
Most Creative (won by Dwayne Reckley), Most Money raised (won by Raymond Lowe) and Best Overall (won by Bill Albury).
The lodge hopes to expand on the campaign next year and hopes that all men choose to get their check-ups and prevent a potentially life threatening disease.