Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is recognized as Prostate Health Month and also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated with Twitter chats, prostate cancer screenings, and awareness events across the country.

In the USA, each year Congressional Resolutions are introduced, there are presentations in Congress, and the President issues a proclamation recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. You can view the latest Presidential Proclamation hereolder2sm. Proclamations from Governors and others can be found here.

Local and national awareness organizations and professional associations engage in activities designed to raise awareness of the issue and encourage men to talk to their healthcare provider about prostate cancer and early detection.

In the USA, about 180,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and almost 26,000 die from it. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. This awareness period, and the organizations and associations that support it, are responsible for saving an untold number of men’s lives by encouraging them to have a discussion with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer and early detection.

Some of the organizations promoting prostate cancer awareness in September are:

Men’s Health Network provides various forms of support for community, faith-based, and clinic-based outreach, education, and screening activities.

ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer conducts run/walk programs in several cities.

The American Urological Association a professional medical association, and its foundation, the Urology Care Foundation, are involved in awareness activities throughout the month.

The Prostate Net provides prostate cancer education directly to key areas of social interaction in the black community.

Prostate Cancer Canada celebrates September with a variety of awareness events across the country.

Ed Randall’s Fan’s for the Cure can be seem in baseball parks wherever minor league baseball is played.

UsTOO support groups are active in many hospitals.

MaleCare is a network of in-person and online support for all men of all sexual identities and genders.

PHEN conducts the annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit in Washington, DC.

NASPCC is an umbrella organization for state prostate organizations.  Contact an organization in your state and ask if there is an activity near you.

Resources and additional information about prostate cancer:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The leading center of prostate cancer research and information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (CDC)
Provides information on prostate cancer incidence and mortality, and conducts critical research on treatment decision-making and outcomes.

American Cancer Society
Provides basic information on prostate cancer and yearly statistics on almost all cancers.

American Urology Association
Professional medical association whose membership is urologists.

Urology Care Foundation
The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association.

Men’s Health Resource Center
The online health and parenting information center for men and boys.

Prostate Facts
A variety of fact sheets and other publications on prostate cancer and other male health issues.

Men’s Health Library
A comprehensive on-line library that covers all aspects of men’s health, including prostate health issues. Site includes a wide selection of brochures on prostate health, some in Spanish (search: prostate brochure).

Family Medical Tree
A man is at higher risk if he has a family history of prostate cancer. By tracking the health of your parents, siblings, and other relatives with a family medical tree, you and your health care provider have a useful tool to help determine your risk for prostate cancer and many other diseases.

Talking About Men’s Health
Blogging on the Health and Wellbeing of Men and Boys, featuring articles by the thought leaders in male health, including those associated with key health associations.

State of Men’s Health
A comprehensive report on the health and wellbeing of men and boys in each state, including current prostate cancer incidence and mortality data.

Resources to help you plan an event or raise awareness among friends, fellow worshipers, and coworkers:

Prostate Health Month Social Media Toolkit
Please use this toolkit to help spread the word during this critical health awareness period. To stay updated on the latest activities, follow and like the Men’s Health Network Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Wear BLUE
An online took-kit designed to help you host a Wear BLUE day to raise awareness and money for education about men’s need to seek regular checkups. Your event may feature prostate health education or other health issues that affect men and boys. (Cardiovascular disease, skin cancer, lung cancer, diabetes, gout, testicular cancer, and more.)

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HealthZone
This Digital Training Manual is meant to serve as a guide so you can plan, conduct and evaluate your own health event, no matter what size. This can be a screening event, a health fair, a table exhibit at work, where you worship, or where you play sports, or distribution of health information materials to your coworkers, fellow worshipers, team members, or loved ones.

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Posters
Download prostate health posters here. A variety of men’s health posters, including those on prostate health and prostate cancer, can be downloaded here.

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Store
Features a wide variety of educational materials relating to men’s health, including brochures and other merchandise designed for prostate cancer awareness.

In the USA, about 180,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and almost 26,000 die from it. There are almost 2.8 million men living with prostate cancer in the USA.  Early detection is the key to successful treatment. This awareness period, and the organizations and associations that support it, are responsible for saving an untold number of men’s lives by encouraging them to have a discussion with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer and early detection.

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