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Well, Jazz Pickles, it’s that time of year again when men all over the world are encouraged to pay a relative stranger to insert a finger into their anus.
Yes, it’s November and that means that the hideous shocking pink (my opinion of the color) of the booby cancer folks steps aside for the prickly upper lips of men in the Movember movement.
You: “What in the name of Jesus Christ Superstar is the Movember movement?”
Me: It’s a thing where they (whoever they are) try to raise awareness of men’s health concerns, like prostate and testicular cancer, for sure. So men all over the planet (more than a dozen, less than a billion) will be starting the month with a shaved upper lip, then grow a macho-hootenanny-festival-of-a-mustache to remind their fellow male Homo sapiens to get their butts and balls checked for lethal space invaders.
Since I’m a professional mustachioed gentleman, I’m not about to shave my awesome lip art for any reason, but I did agree to put a mustache in every one of my cartoons this month, as well as post some pics of my own mustache in its various ridiculous forms. The mustaches in my cartoons may be on a character or they may just be hidden among the various oddball icons I usually toss in.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind men (and people with indoor plumbing, too) that diet plays a HUGE part in the cancer picture. Vegans (who eat no animal products of any kind, including eggs or dairy) are many times less likely to develop most any kind of cancer, vegetarians (who don’t eat dead bodies but do eat dairy and eggs) are somewhat less protected but still experience far lower percentages of cancer overall than do meat eaters. I think you can safely say that diet plays a big role in the cause of prostate and testicular cancer.
It may be the fat in animal flesh, or the pesticides and hormones they cram into “food” animals nowadays, or milk, or it may just be that animal protein in general feeds cancer cells. No one yet knows what the biggest influence is but the connection is pretty well accepted. Nonetheless, a plant-based diet routinely improves the health of people with prostate cancer (and other types, too) and lowers their PSA, whatever the hell that is.
For more information about what kinds of tests you should or should not engage in, have a look at an article by a doctor who has had even more medical training than I have!