Movember®: The Meaning Behind the ‘Stache
Joseph Monteleone, Olympus’ Project Manager, Corporate Strategy Development, has a special connection to the cause after losing a close childhood friend to suicide.
“I choose to participate to bring more awareness to this issue and hopefully spark interest so we can learn more together and save a life,” he explained. “I know way too many people who have experienced the same pain and anguish in losing a loved one in this manner. Chances are you may have a man in your life who deals with mental health challenges. These men can often be the main caregiver for others or just another guy who appears to ‘have it all together.’”
For conversations beyond small talk, Movember offers resources to help guide an initial conversation with a man in your life who may be struggling. One of their resources includes education about ALEC, which stands for Ask, Listen, Encourage Action, and Check In. Learn more here.
Early Detection and Prevention
Movember's commitment to raising awareness about physical health is equally crucial. As prostate cancer is among the most common cancer affecting men,2 Movember focuses on raising awareness of the importance of regular check-ups and encourages early detection.
“Olympus values have strong alignment with Movember values, especially when you consider our urology portfolio of men’s health products to [help] make patient’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling,” said Allison Bosworth, Olympus’ Executive Director of Marketing for Urology and Gynecology. “Specifically for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, a condition that involves enlargement of the prostate as a man ages, and [may] impact 9 out of 10 men in their lifetimes,4 it is important that patients are educated on symptoms and treatment options to better consider the best choice for their care.”
Allison strongly believes education and taking charge of one’s physical health can help result in a multitude of positive lifestyle changes, quality of life, and mental health.
Olympus’ Director of Marketing – Men’s Health and Lower Tract, Scott Goldstein, is an avid supporter of Movember, with several pictures of mustaches to prove his historical contributions. This year, he was inspired to raise awareness of the importance of early detection after hearing the story of James Casey, colon cancer screening advocate and beloved saxophonist and singer. “James is a celebrated advocate for colon cancer awareness, but [because of] his colon cancer screening in 2021 and his honesty thereafter, [he] sparked a series of cancer diagnoses in some of the men closest to him – men who may have gone months, or even years without a diagnosis, a plan for treatment, and a network of support from men who get it.”
Unfortunately, James lost his battle to colon cancer in August 2023 at the age of 40. His message continues to live on and inspire others to listen to your body, get tested sooner, and know your family history. Learn more about James Casey by visiting his website.