Tarek El Moussa
Tarek El Moussa, pictured with his children Taylor and Brayden, is opening up about new episodes of "Flip or Flop" and his work with the Movember Foundation. Bruce Hulse

Tarek El Moussa may be known for his hit HGTV series with ex-wife Christina, "Flip or Flop," but what some fans didn't know is how moved he was to try and raise awareness of the cancer risk young men face after his own battle with both Thyroid and Testicular cancers.

Tarek, who was diagnosed in 2013 after a viewer noticed a lump on his neck that she warned him could be cancerous, is now cancer-free and stronger than ever. Now, the reality star and father of two is looking to make sure other men don't wind up in a similar situation like he did by getting tested and checked, early and often. To accomplish that, he has teamed up with the Movember Foundation, which aims to raise more awareness of men's health issues, which include prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide.

"Ultimately, the goal is to help raise awareness and help men to get checked, and realize that they need to get checked," El Moussa told International Business Times. "Testicular cancer is most common in men from 15-34, and I can almost guarantee that most of those men from 15-34, they probably have no idea that they're in that category. The amount of testicular cancer has increased about 50 percent, so it is definitely time to create some awareness."

However, while he's been working to raise that awareness, Tarek has been busily working with Christina, as they prepare for the upcoming seventh season of their hit series. Though they are still working on flipping homes, Tarek teased a newer element to the work that will be featured in the upcoming episodes.

"One thing we're doing this season is we're bringing in a lot of high design, so we're working with different lighting, different cabinets, we're putting in wallpaper, we're doing different landscaping," he told IBT. "So it's starting to focus on design, as well as actually flipping the property, so it's actually really exciting and fun."

Of course, it hasn't been entirely smooth sailing for the exes as they've worked together, because they have on occasion found some unexpected challenges when they begin work on a house.

"...There was a rat in one house, and actually there was a different house where we just filmed, where there was actually pigeons living there," he said with a laugh. "You know, every now and then, one of those properties will sit for a very long time, and you never know what you get until you walk through the door."

New episodes of "Flip or Flop" are expected to air on HGTV in December.