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Greg Warmoth’s AdventHealth physician explains the consequences of ignoring warning signs

Greg Warmoth interviews his cancer physician Dr. Bruce Haughey as part of Movember.

Men die on average six years earlier than women, largely for preventable reasons and Dr. Bruce Haughey, an otolaryngologist with the AdventHealth Cancer Institute sees the male mindset of putting it off often.

Haughey says he frequently hears excuses like, “This isn’t really very big. I can still function with this, I’m at work, I’m eating, everything’s going OK. Why would I have to subject myself to a surgical procedure?”

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Dr. Bruce Haughey is an otolaryngologist with the AdventHealth Cancer Institute.

Dr. Haughey says one of his patients, WFTV news anchor Greg Warmoth, is an example of what men should do as part of raising awareness for men’s health issues. According to the Movember Foundation, men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year.

Whether it’s fear, or just finding the time, Warmoth recently shared in his Men's Health Awareness Month story that men typically don’t do a good job of getting screened. For this reason, men die on average four years earlier than women, largely for preventable reasons.

“Doing nothing is one of the major enemies of effective medical care because when someone has a malignant diagnosis like Warmoth had, the best thing the medical profession can offer is early treatment,” said Haughey.

He went on to say in a follow up story if Warmoth hadn’t caught his lip cancer early, it could’ve killed him.

“Yes, in the ultimate, it could have, because when they get very large in this location, they then spread to the region, such as the lymph nodes in the neck, and then it spread potentially to the rest of the body,” Haughey said.

Both, Haughey and Warmoth agree and hope his story is a lesson for all men out there – get screened early because doing nothing is not an option.

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