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"Movember" raises awareness for prostate cancer

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – You may have noticed there's a lot of scruff around ABC 4 Utah lately. It’s all related to “Movember” or “No-shave-November”. The men at ABC 4 Utah are having a lot of fun with it, but it's also for a good cause.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – You may have noticed there's a lot of scruff around ABC 4 Utah lately. It’s all related to “Movember” or “No-shave-November”. The men at ABC 4 Utah are having a lot of fun with it, but it's also for a good cause.

"I was almost in denial for a little while, thinking well, it may have happened to them, but it’s not going to happen to me," said Manuel Cypers, prostate cancer survivor.

Manuel Cypers of Ogden is a cancer survivor. Prostate cancer runs in his family. He said had he not gone in for a routine check up, he may not be alive today.

"We caught it early and since I had always been active I was in good shape and I was able to make a complete recovery… it means everything to me," said Cypers.

Cypers is one of the success stories. According to cancer.org, right now roughly one out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

"If you look at the diagnosis and treatment rate there's a greater than 99 % survival rate at 5 years, if it’s detected early," said Dr. Tyler Christensen, Urologist.

That's why the men at ABC 4 Utah are growing their facial hair for the “Movember” campaign.

"It looks like it's coming in pretty good,” Anchor Brian Carlson said.

“Yah, it's coming in good, but a little itchy," said Anchor Glen Mills.

"It feels weird; did you get my good side?" said Chief Meteorologist Jim Kosek.

"How's it coming in here?” Carlson asked Assist. News Director Rob Thompkins.

(No reply)

“Can you repeat that for me? Haha," said Carlson.

"It's a great reminder for men to just to get more awareness out there, that screening and prevention can potentially save lives," said Christensen.

"...because of it, I'm where I'm at today," said Cypers.

"I just wish I could get rid of the “ginger-ness” of it,” said Producer Trevor Warner.

“I think that's hereditary," Carlson replied.

"I will trade you the ginger for some of this white in a heart beat," said Sports Anchor Wesley Ruff.

As fun as it is for the men at ABC 4 Utah to let their hair run wild, the point is to get screened for prostate and testicular cancer. So if you’re a man over 55 years old, go do it.

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Follow Brian Carlson on Twitter: @briancarlsontv

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