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November 16, 2021
Dr. Adam Kassam, OMA President

Make men’s health a priority this Movember

The impact of COVID-19 on cancer screening and management has been profound. We’ve done the research and nearly 20 million services (check ups, diagnostic tests, surgeries and more) have been delayed as a result of the pandemic. 

That’s why it’s important, now more than ever, to make sure that you and your loved ones are getting the care you need.

Movember is how we’ve come to know this month after a few guys started growing moustaches to raise awareness about prostate cancer. This month-long event has exploded into an international effort to share resources and fund research on this and testicular cancer, as well as supporting conversations around men’s mental health. 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men, second most globally. Testicular cancer, while relatively rare, is the most common cancer in males aged 15 to 39.

As a young male who’s had multiple generations of my family affected by this disease, awareness and advocacy of prostate cancer, screening and treatment strikes a personal chord.

So this year, consider growing a ‘mo’ or hosting a ‘mo’ ment. Make an appointment with your family doc and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

The Movember website has a lot of really great infographics, sharables, FAQs and instructional videos on how to do a testicular exam at home – make a point of watching them. 

Also, for more information on the backlog of care, visit and read our Prescription for Ontario: Doctor’s 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care, which includes more than 80 recommendations to strengthen Ontario’s health-care system.

Stay safe and remember, this month is about more than growing a sweet duster.