Toowoomba cancer doctor’s passion for men’s health on show this Movember

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Dr Harry Gasper knows the impact a cancer diagnosis can make both physically and mentally, and is now on a month-long mission to make a difference.

The Medical Oncologist who provides care at Toowoomba Hospital had a number of reasons to participate in the annual Movember fundraiser this year.

“As a cancer doctor, I am exposed on a daily basis to patients going through treatments and living with this disease,” said Dr Gasper.

“I’m continuously inspired by all of my patients who show courage, despite their circumstances, and still come into the clinic with a smile and positive outlook.

“It is imperative that more work is done to help men with prostate cancer and testicular cancer live, and live well.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, while testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men globally.

“In addition, the brother of a good friend was lost to suicide last year, so men’s mental health is very close to my heart,” he said.

“Men can often feel that it is a sign of weakness to talk about their mental health which isn’t true. I want to empower them to know that having an open conversation is actually courageous and manly.”

As well as growing a moustache, Dr Gasper is also growing his endurance, setting his sights on running 100kms throughout November.

“I want to provide an example that anyone can get out there and get exercising, no matter what age, size or ability,” he said.

Dr Gasper is close to reaching his fundraising goal and is vowing to continue raising awareness of men’s health at all times of the year.