Facing Up to Men’s Health in “Movember”

Urology residents sport their mustaches to support men's health awareness at Dartmouth Hitchcock.

Moustache campaign supports prostate and testicular cancer patients and highlights multidisciplinary men’s health programs.

Patients and visitors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center may see moustaches making a comeback this month.

That's because many staff members are taking part in "Movember," a worldwide initiative that uses moustaches to raise awareness and start conversations about men's health, particularly prostate and testicular cancer.

"This is an important issue, and it's something that perhaps doesn't get as much focus as it should," said John D. Seigne, MB, a urologic oncologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and program leader for the Prostate and Genitourinary Cancer Programs at Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC).



Although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, new medical and surgical therapies have shifted the statistics. Today, more than 2.7 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. Similarly, testicular cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men ages 18 to 35 but it remains one of the most treatable.

Organized by Kevin Koo, MD, a resident physician in urology, and Linda Kennedy, Associate Director of Community Affairs at NCCC, the "Movember" campaign at Dartmouth-Hitchcock encourages staff, visitors, and supporters to grow or wear moustaches to support patients with prostate and testicular cancer.

"Urological cancers affect thousands of men and their families in northern New England," said Koo, who was inspired by colleagues who have participated in Movember year after year. "Our goal for Movember is to come together as a community to get men thinking about their health and talking to their providers."



Digital signboards throughout the medical center will feature mustachioed staff and supporters, alongside information about men's health issues. Visitors are also encouraged to participate in the campaign by posting their own Movember moustaches on social media using #MovemberDH.

The campaign also highlights diagnostic and therapeutic programs at NCCC for patients facing these cancers. The Prostate and Genitourinary Cancer Programs unite specialists in urology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, and pathology at NCCC in Lebanon, four regional sites, and 12 affiliated hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont.

At the heart of this multidisciplinary approach is a focus on shared decision-making, which tailors conversations to each patient's personal goals, values, and illness.

"We try to get to the root of men's preferences and better understand their health status," said Elias S. Hyams, MD, a urologic oncologist who specializes in minimally-invasive surgical treatments.  "Given the complexities and uncertainties of the disease, we have really detailed conversations with men about what's best for them."

The Prostate and Genitourinary Cancer Programs also include opportunities to participate in active clinical trials and take part in dedicated support groups for patients and families.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Staff Sports 'Staches

In addition to creating good eats, the crew at Cravin's Country Market & Deli supports men's health awareness.

Staff at First Uniform suggest you sport some facial hair with your new clothes.

Members of the Housekeeping team show their moustaches for Movember.

You can find a lot of items in The Gift Shop, especially this November.

The tough guys at Dartmouth-Hitchcock security aren't too shy to show their support for men's health.

The Breast Cancer Tumor Board got together to support awareness about one of the most common cancers in men.

The nurses of the Urology Department work for men's health awareness every day, this time with mustaches.

At the rotunda Information Desk, you'll find plenty of awareness for men's health.

Learn more:

Urology Care Foundation: Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer

American Cancer Society: Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer

The Movember Foundation

November 01, 2014