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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio - They're as unique as the men sporting them, beards and mustaches grown for the sake of striking up a conversation to educate men about prostate cancer.

"One in six men will be diagnosed in their lifetime with prostate cancer.  So, it is a very common thing and there is not enough people talking about it," said urologist Dr. Dan Ricchiuti.

All of this month, Dr. Ricchiuti, his colleagues and a number of other Mahoning Valley men dedicated themselves to changing hair at a time.  Man Up Mahoning Valley, an offshoot of the HMHP Foundation, led the local Movember effort to raise awareness and money to ensure men, who can't afford exams, can get them free of charge.

"If we can eliminate even one more barrier, one less excuse they have to come and get the screening then that is what we are going to do," said Jonathon Fauvie with the HMHP Foundation.

Attorney Patrick Wilson knows the importance of early detection, which is why he chose to sport a beard this November.  He was diagnosed at 46 with prostate cancer, a cancer which claimed the life of his father.  

"I'll walk into the courthouse with a beard and everybody will want to talk about it whether its the judge or one of the bailiffs or one of the clerks in the courthouse.  They will want to talk about it," said cancer survivor, Patrick Wilson.

Men are encouraged to start getting annual exams and screenings at age 40.  Although, professor Dr. Adam Earnheardt doesn't believe the conversation should wait until then.  He grew a mustache this month to educate students at Youngstown State University.

"If we are telling students, traditional age students, at a very early age that they are going to have to have these screenings very early on in life, then this is the time to educate them," said Earnheardt.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and second leading killer among men in Mahoning Valley. The incidence of prostate cancer in Youngstown is higher than the state average.

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