Shaving down for men’s health: growMANkato launches annual campaign

Mankato Free Press (November 2, 2021) — In a year where delayed medical care is even more common than usual, Mankato’s annual push to promote men’s health kicked off Monday.

The growMANkato launch at Mankato Brewery in North Mankato marked the start of the monthlong campaign raising awareness for men’s health, particularly prostate and testicular cancer. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 for the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund during the month.

With a freshly shaven face to mark the occasion, this year’s growMANkato ambassador Dr. Chaun Cox said he hopes the campaign encourages more men to take an active interest in their health by seeking regular medical exams.

“This year we were able to see how delaying care can have negative consequences for people,” he said. “Men do tend to delay coming in and it does make the procedures and the different things they might have to have done a little bit bigger because things have progressed.”

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