Mercy Health Campaign Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health is once again asking men across the Mahoning Valley to ditch their razors in support of men’s health. 

Man Up Mahoning Valley, a Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley campaign, aims to educate men about the importance of prostate cancer screenings. Throughout November, the campaign is encouraging men to “grow a ’stache, start a conversation, save a life” to highlight prostate cancer awareness. 

“A man with a mustache in November is the equivalent to a human billboard promoting the importance of prostate health,” said Laura Boomhower, the community outreach liaison for Man Up Mahoning Valley. “Our hope is that facial hair, and the new look it generates on each individual, will generate discussions, create awareness and, ultimately, save lives here in the Valley. And the fun part is that everyone gets to shave them off together at the end of the month.”

The campaign’s goal is to have as many men as possible grow out their facial hair for 30 days in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight prostate cancer. Every dollar raised stays local and benefits Mahoning Valley programs that support men’s prostate health.

All participants are invited to submit photos of their facial hair to the Man Up Mahoning Valley Facebook page. To wrap up the monthlong campaign, a shave-off event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. Joe’s at the Mall, in the Target corridor at Eastwood Mall in Niles.

Men will be able to get a PSA screening at the event. 

For more information, call 330 480 2763.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.