It’s Movember: Did you man up?

I’m not Burt Reynolds, and I doubt I can ever reach Magnum, P.I. status but I decided again to step up to the plate and raise awareness and money for cancer in men—particularly testicular cancer. Some people swim to raise awareness, others walk or run. I grew a mustache.

This November was Movember for me. The hope is, nevertheless, that people will say to me, “Hey man, nice mustache.”

In response, I’ll be able to tell them about the risk for men of testicular cancer and the need for regular head-to-toe checkups from their physician. Early detection is a big deal in the Movember campaign.

As a 44-year-old male, I decided about three years ago that I could no longer talk the talk if I didn’t walk the walk straight to my physician’s office. For a piece of mind, that’s what I’ve done every year.

Every Fall I set up an annual checkup with my physician who, by the way, sports permanent facial hair. When he orders me to “Drop ’em,” I make it quick. I tell you this because we men are good at lying to ourselves.

The worst fib we repeatedly tell ourselves that it is unmanly and even weak to visit a doctor as if one visit will challenge our hot-wing consuming, sports-loving selves. I know I’m categorizing men in some antiquated ways, but I’m one of ‘those’ guys, to a certain degree.

You can still be manly and be an advocate for your own health.

It might be hard to take my mustache seriously. I think of my mustache as a reminder to myself and others that men don’t need to apologize for practicing health habits.


Thousands of men will sports a moustache this month and enjoy a few belly laughs while doing it. We hope that during our expression of manliness, that more attention will be brought to men’s cancers that have unfortunately become taboo in some circles.

We also hope to raise some funds to help eradicate cancers associated with the male species.

If you would like to learn more about Movember, testicular cancer and other manly news – check out movember.com.

About the author

Alan Wright, M.Div.
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Alan Wright is a chaplain at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center on the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas hospital campus.

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It’s Movember: Did you man up?