In spite of the facts, prostate cancer awareness is lacking.
- Each year cancer (overall) kills 14 million people worldwide
- Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with some type of cancer during their lifetime (50 percent of men compared to 33 percent of women)
- Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the U.S., affecting one in six men
- African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer and are 60 percent more likely to develop the disease compared to Caucasian men
- Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer
- Every year more than 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer; this number increases annually as the general population of aging men increases
- Prostate cancer is the second largest cancer killer of men following lung cancer; approximately 30,000 men will die this year from prostate cancer (82 men every day)
Here are a few of the things that can be done to increase prostate cancer awareness. What you decide to do can make a difference!
Check out On The Line—ESPN’s national prostate cancer awareness campaign, which harnesses the power of sports and celebrities to challenge men to take charge of their health and catapult prostate cancer front and center as a critical men’s health issue
Join us on the web by participating in the following social networking online prostate cancer communities:
- Register to participate, donate, or sponsor a runner or walker in the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk, held annually in September presented by Us TOO International and Wellness Place. If you don’t live in Chicago, but want to raise funds for Us TOO’s mission, you can create a Virtual Team!
- Distribute patient education brochures at doctor’s offices and public health fairs. Request free materials here
- Promote blue and the blue ribbon! The blue ribbon universally signifies research and patient support efforts for prostate cancer. (Click on each image for more information or to order.)
Make a contribution to support Us TOO and the patients and families we serve. Help us continue to help men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection and treatment through support, education and advocacy, and continue to provide resources and services to the prostate cancer community free of charge.