Lakeville police face growing concern for men’s health

Second annual Movember campaign begins

Lakeville police officers will sport mustaches in November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. (Photo submitted)

Lakeville police officers will sport mustaches in November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. (Photo submitted)

Lakeville police Officer Jim Dronen knows firsthand how men’s propensity to avoid doctors can devastate families.

Last year, his father and his father-in-law both battled cancer with very different outcomes.

Jim’s father survived prostate cancer after it was caught during a routine physical exam.

His father-in-law Tim Crosby ignored pain and by the time he went to the doctor was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver and esophageal cancer.

“He was one of those guys who are not good about doing to the doctor at all,” Dronen said.

Crosby was diagnosed two days before his retirement, then endured 11 months of treatment before succumbing to the disease in February.

Dronen said men too often avoid doctors, ignore warning signs and men’s health issues are not publicized.

“Men are just not good about going to the doctor,” Dronen said. “But you have to watch out for yourself, too.”

To promote men’s health issues, Dronen is leading the Lakeville Police Department’s participation in the “Movember” campaign, an awareness promotion started in Australia, where “mo” is slang for mustache.

For the second year in a row, participating officers in the department will grow mustaches to promote awareness throughout November.

Last year, the department raised $3,495, and Dronen is hoping to raise over $4,000 this year.

He said some are better than others at growing mustaches, and the public responds to their facial efforts.

“You get some goofy looks, but people do ask you about it, so it’s easy to spread the word,” he said.

The department is collecting money it will donate for research online at www.facebook.com/LakevillePoliceMovemberPage or at a drop box in the police station lobby, located at 9237 183rd St. W.

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