Monthly Archives: November 2017

Put Down Your Razors! It’s Movember!

Movember MustachesGents, it’s time to grow the mustache of your choice! Handlebar? Push Broom? The Fu Manchu? The choices are endless! But the reason is serious: Movember is upon us. Also know as No-shave November or Moustache November, Movember (a fusion of moustache and November) is designed to help bring awareness to men’s health with moustaches instead of colored ribbon.

What’s Movember?

Movember got its start in 2004 when a group of 30 men in Australia decided to grow moustaches for 30 days in order to promote awareness about prostate cancer and depression in men. To date, the Movember Foundation, which developed out of that initial idea, has raised 174 million dollars worldwide, and has spread from Australia to South Africa to Europe and North America.

Why Movember?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), lifespan is on average five to six years shorter for men than for women. Additionally, men have higher mortality rates from cancer and heart disease. In order to combat statistics like these, The Movember Foundation is emphasizing early cancer detection and diagnosis, as well as promoting effective treatments for diseases like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention, with a goal of reducing the number of premature deaths in men by 25 percent by the year 2030.

Men, what can you do to improve your health?

  • Stay connected: Social isolation is known to adversely affect both the physical and mental health of anyone who experiences it. But did you know that social isolation disproportionately affects men. According to the Movember Foundation, “70 percent of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48 percent say they rely on their friends.” In other words, men expect their friends to reach out in times of trouble, but don’t expect to do the same when they, in turn, are in need of support.
  • Mental health: Three of every four suicides are men. Men have a more difficultly discussing their feelings than women do. If a man you know is going through a rough time, help him recognize the symptoms of depression. Encourage them to increase the amount of physical exercise that they get. Make sure they take breaks and fit some enjoyable downtime into every day. If they are still struggling mentally, make sure they seek the help of a professional. For more information on ways you can help yourself or a loved one with mental illness please click here: To speak with someone immediately, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 911.
  • Be aware of the numbers: Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the U.S. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent, if detected late, that survival rate drops to 26 percent. By the age of 50, you should be talking to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s the right time to have a PSA test. While the survival rate is 95 percent, testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men in the U.S. ages 15-34. “Get to know” your testicles—learn what feels normal, check them regularly, and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right. For more information on prostate cancer, please click here:, to learn more about testicular cancer, please click here:
  • Go to the doctor! It’s important to schedule annual physical exams. Door County Medical Center’s Dr. Brian Matysiak points out that “Men are less likely to see a doctor until there is an issue,” adding that “many common diseases—diabetes, obesity, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.—do not occur overnight but rather over years. An annual examination is one of the easiest things we can do to bring issues to light before they become problematic. You wouldn’t let your car go without an oil change for 20 years, so why treat your body differently?”
  • Keep moving! Exercise is essential to maintaining good physical and mental health! Dr. Matysiak suggests making small changes to your lifestyle that will provide benefits over time. “You don’t have to go out and join a gym,” he says, “instead, there are many little things that you can do: park far away, take the stairs, use a push mower or take a daily walk.”

Door County Medical Center Sports Medicine Team: Keeping Their Heads in the Game

Door County Sports Medicine Football PlayerWe all know that high school sports offer teenagers an array of benefits: they teach and promote a healthy lifestyle by incorporating exercise into a daily routine; studies show they help improve mental clarity and improve academic performance; and students who participate in team sports often develop close friendships with others on the team. But, of course, there are injuries. Like “love and marriage,” sports and injuries seem to “go together like a horse and carriage.” In fact, on average, high school athletes alone account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.

Supporting Door County’s High School Athletes

Because the benefits of high school sports programs far outweigh the costs, the Sports Medicine Team at Door County Medical Center has been working with the Door County School District to prevent, reduce and minimize the effect of sports related injuries by providing, at no cost, athletic trainers to all four of the county’s high schools.  This means that, in addition to working with students, coaches and parents to focus on injury prevention and conditioning, a certified athletic trainer is present for every practice and Door County sporting event that is currently in season. “Right now, we are in the middle of our football season,” says Alyssa Lee, Licensed Athletic Trainer with DCMC’s Sports Medicine Team, “but, at this time of year, we also cover men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, as well as women’s swimming.” Additionally, the Sports Medicine Team strives to provide trainers not just to home games, but if needed, to away games as well. “Some school districts are not as lucky as ours,” states Ms. Lee, “they do not have full-time athletic trainers. And while they do their best to have coverage at their home events, that’s not always possible. If we know we are sending our sports team to a school or a location that will not have an athletic trainer, we do our best to send an athletic trainer to travel with that sports team.”

It’s About the Athletic Trainers

While a large group of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists make up the complete team that supports Door County’s high school athletes, Dr. Philip Arnold, certified sports medicine physician and Chair of the Sports Medicine Department, points out that when it comes to high school sporting events, “It’s about the trainers. The trainers are with the athletes day in and day out. They’re with them in practice, they’re with them during games, they’re on the sidelines, and so everything starts with the trainers in terms of high school sports and injuries.” He adds, “The doctors are not in charge; they’re on the sidelines. We are there to back the trainers up, in case there is a major problem. And we have EMS there so if they need to be packaged and transported, there is usually an ambulance squad at the game. But, again, the trainers know the athletes the best, and they know the athletes parents, who expect them to be involved, instead of some random doctor, who shows up twice a year to a game. My approach is: if the trainer signals that they need me then—boom—I’m right there.”

Prevention and Education

Soccer PlayerIn the end, it comes down to not just preventing student athlete injuries, but also preventing injuries from getting worse. Ms. Lee points out that “Without the presence of an athletic trainer, or with no doctor on the sidelines, even an insignificant injury could get serious. Kids may not understand the seriousness of an injury; they could continue playing and actually make that injury worse. But, we do our best to educate, and if you explain an injury and the potential side-effects of continuing to play with an injury to a parent and an athlete, they generally make the correct decision in not playing.”

Door County Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Team is comprised of a wonderful group of experienced doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers who provide a whole host of services that include training, prevention and rehabilitation, with an emphasis on the importance of early injury recognition and treatment in order to prevent recurring injuries. For more information, please visit