Get lop­sided look for men’s health

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

MEN par­tic­i­pat­ing in Movem­ber are tak­ing it one step fur­ther in a last bid to spark con­ver­sa­tion about men’s health.

Pel­i­can Wa­ters res­i­dent Paul Gay is sac­ri­fic­ing sym­me­try by shav­ing off half his mo thanks to Tommy Gun’s bar­ber­shop, who of­fered the half-mast hair­style for free on the last day of the aware­ness month.

Paul holds the cause close to his heart as his own fa­ther has been af­fected by men’s health is­sues, hav­ing been di­ag­nosed with ad­vanced prostate can­cer.

“It’s a big is­sue in our fam­ily, and for the last four and a half years he’s gone through some re­ally hard times that’s im­pacted the whole fam­ily,” he said.

Paul went for his an­nual prostate screen the morn­ing be­fore the half shave.

Although the fa­cial hair style looks silly, it’s time to take men’s health se­ri­ously.

“I’ve done Movem­ber for about the last two to three years,” said Paul.

As the di­rec­tor of Foun­da­tion Re­cruit­ment Paul said he will only sport the half mo for one day but he’s got big plans that in­volve spon­sor­ing a golf day, where he hopes to gen­er­ate aware­ness around the is­sue.

“No doubt, they’ll ask what the half mo is all about and I have a pre­sen­ta­tion to do at the end of the day so I’ll make men­tion about it then as well.”

Movem­ber Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia di­rec­tor Rachel Carr said said 469 men in Aus­tralia have been lost to prostate can­cer, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and sui­cide this month alone.

“In the same way we fly a flag at half mast to hon­our the lost, the half mast mo pays re­spect to the mates, broth­ers, fathers and sons who should be with us to­day.”

Movem­ber may be com­ing to an end but that’s no rea­son to stop the con­ver­sa­tion.

If you or a loved one need sup­port call Life­line 13 11 14.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

LOOK­ING SHARP: Paul Gay gets half his mo shaved off by Demi Ir­win at Tommy Gun's, Sun­shine Plaza for the end of Movem­ber cel­e­bra­tions.

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