Friday Frontline: Man Shaves Moustache for First Time in Nearly 50 Years to Raise Prostate Cancer Awareness, HGTV Star Discusses Surviving Two Cancers, and More

November 6, 2020
Ryan McDonald

From a Canadian man shaving his moustache for the first time in nearly 50 years to participate in Movember to HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” host Tarek El Moussa discussing his journey with testicular and thyroid cancer, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.

HGTV Host Tarek El Moussa Urges Men to Pay Attention to Their Bodies, Stresses Importance of Self-Checks

“Some of the statistics are shocking. One in nine men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and a lot of times it’s preventable,” Tarek El Moussa, co-host of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” said in a recent interview. “Another statistic that was shocking to me is that the highest occurrence age of testicular cancer in men is 18 to 34. Young men have no idea they are at the highest risk.”

El Moussa, who was diagnosed with thyroid and testicular cancer in 2013, underwent surgeries and received radioactive iodine therapy to treat his cancers. Now, he is campaigning for more men to conduct self-exams and assess their testicles for any signs of cancer.

“With testicular cancer, it’s literally a three- to five-second self-check in the shower that can save your life.”

Johnson & Johnson Loses Appeal in Case that Awarded $2.12 Billion in Damages to Women Who Claimed Their Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Was A Result of Using the Company’s Products

The Missouri Supreme Court refuted Johnson & Johnson’s appeal of an award of $2.12 billion in damages to women who had claimed that the asbestos in the company’s baby powder and other talcum products contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnosis.

The company claimed that the verdict was a result of a “fundamentally flawed trial, grounded in a faulty presentation of the facts,” and was “at odds with decades of independent scientific evaluations confirming Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos and does not cause cancer.”

The company had previously announced it would stop selling its talcum powder in the United States and Canada.

In January, data published in JAMA Network demonstrated that there was not a statistically significant association between the use of powder in the genital area and risk for ovarian cancer.

Manitoba Resident Guy Roy Shaved His Moustache of Nearly 50 Years to Prepare for Movember

Roy, whose daughter Lynne said he had his moustache for 47 years, recently shaved his face to participate in Movember to raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer.

“My dad has had a moustache for my entire life,” Lynne said in an interview. “I'm 38 and I have never seen my dad without a moustache.”

Lynne said her dad made the decision to participate in the fundraiser this year after having recently received treatment for prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with in September 2019. She said her dad is looking to raise $2,000.

‘Great British Bake Off’ Finalist Dies from Esophageal Cancer

Luis Troyano, who was a finalist on season five of the “Great British Bake Off,” has died at the age of 48 from esophageal cancer.

“We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away. It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake-Off Tent for Series Five. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family,” tweeted the show’s official account.

For more news on cancer updates, research and education, don’t forget to subscribe to CURE®’s newsletters here.

Related Content:

News | Prostate Cancer

x