Mint Cannabis, operator of Arizona’s largest dispensary, has joined efforts with Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) to launch a “Movember at the Mint” campaign. Throughout November, the two entities will highlight the importance of men’s health and cancer awareness while raising funds for the local nonprofit, which provides free support services, programming, and resources to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers across Arizona.
“Cancer is not a topic that men tend to talk about very often,” said Eivan Shahara, CEO and Co-Founder of Mint Cannabis. “Through our ‘Movember at the Mint’ campaign, we want to help increase conversations about men’s health issues. We plan to do this by sharing information about important preventive cancer screenings and less invasive health exams. We will also provide background about the free emotional and social support resources that are available from Cancer Support Community Arizona for anyone who is impacted by a cancer diagnosis.”
Increasing overall awareness of men’s health issues along with important preventive cancer screenings can be lifesaving. A recent study by the Cleveland Clinic revealed that nearly 60% of men don’t regularly see a doctor, and instead only make an appointment when they are seriously ill. The survey also revealed that men are not completely honest with their doctors for a variety of reasons, including embarrassment (46%), not wanting to hear their lives will need to change (36%), or not wanting to hear a diagnosis (37%).
“The pandemic has had a profound effect on all types of cancer screenings,” said Debbie DiCarlo, CEO of Cancer Support Community Arizona. “For men in particular, doctors are seeing even more delayed screenings, which is resulting in the discovery of more advanced cancers, especially prostate. When cancer is diagnosed at a later, more advanced stage, patients and their families lose precious time.”
As part of the month-long campaign:
• Employees working at the Mint’s Guadalupe, Phoenix and Mesa dispensaries will sport and distribute stick-on Movember mustaches to help spark conversations about men’s health;
• CSCAZ ambassadors and volunteers will set up information tables at the Mint’s dispensaries on Fridays in November to share information about preventative cancer screenings and less invasive health tests and collect donations;
• CSCAZ will set up an information booth on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Mint’s north Phoenix dispensary (17036 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032) for a community Car Show event;
• The Mint will donate $1 from every pre-roll sale to CSCAZ from Nov. 13-19, to support the many free services, programming, and resources the Arizona nonprofit provides; and
• The Mint will host an inaugural kickball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 25th Street and Southern Ave. in Phoenix; and
• The Mint will present a check to DiCarlo and the CSCAZ team on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30).
Teams of 10 people can register for the kickball tournament by emailing [email protected] The $250 team registration cost covers participation for 10 people in the tournament, 10 Movember-branded T-shirts from the Mint, and 10 coupons for a free pre-roll at the Mint.
Cannabis industry vendors and experts are expected to be on site at the kickball tournament, in addition to CSCAZ team members and information booths. Messages and statistics about the importance of preventive cancer screenings and emotional and social support services will be broadcast during intermissions and transitions between games. The winning team would not only earn bragging rights, but also a larger team trophy and individual medals.
Mint Cannabis continues to expand its presence across the country with state-of-the-art facilities. With a reputation for providing a wide variety of high-quality products and personalized service, the Mint offers the most diverse selection of flower/buds, edibles, and concentrates. The Mint’s flagship location in Arizona – which introduced the nation’s first cannabis kitchen of its kind in 2018; added a large on-site grow in 2019; and implemented an on-site drive-thru in 2020 – was named “Most Innovative” by the international Commercial Cannabis Awards. For more information, visit themintcannabis.com.
Since 1999, Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) has been providing emotional and social support for anyone impacted by cancer. The nonprofit organization offers more than 100 free programs per month, including support groups, social activities, mind/body therapies, nutritional counseling and educational seminars that are specially designed to support cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. A majority of Cancer Support Community Arizona’s programs are funded by individual and corporate donors. To learn more about CSCAZ, visit cscaz.org.