Cancer is cancer (Mesothelioma Cancer Awareness Day)

meso-cancer-pearl-ribbonYou know, there are so many forms of cancer. But when you think about it, they are mainly named for their anatomical location within the human body. So, although my biggest push is for prostate cancer awareness, when someone asks if I would help raise awareness for another form of cancer, I can’t refuse.

Emily Walsh, the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, found my site and asked if I would assist in raising awareness for this lesser known form of cancer. Lesser known because, even with prostate cancer, there’s just not enough awareness for it. Please visit her blog where she shares 8 important, but rarely known facts about mesothelioma. I have to admit, I was educated. Very enlightening. This is something that could basically affect any of us. Click HERE to read.

Today is September 26, Mesothelioma Cancer Awareness Day.

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This is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

prostate-cancer-blue-ribbonSeptember has been dubbed as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  According to Wikipedia, September was first designated National Prostate Health Month by the American Foundation for Urological Disease (AFUD) in 1999. Ten years prior (also according to Wikipedia) “a decade before the creation of National Prostate Health Month, the week of September 17 to September 24 was chosen as Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. After the creation of NPHM, September came to incorporate observances of other related health weeks. Prostatitis Awareness Week is observed from September 10 to September 16 and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) Awareness Week is observed from September 24 to September 30. However, not all men’s health issues are commemorated in September. Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, for example, is celebrated during the week of April 1 to April 7.

  • 9/10 – 9/16: Prostatitis Week
  • 9/17 – 9/24: Prostate Cancer Week
  • 9/24 – 9/30: Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) Week
  • 4/1 – 4/7: Testicular Cancer Awareness Week”

Well, there you have it. My main concern is that after all this time, when September rolls around, there’s just not enough awareness about this disease that attacks so many men – and the ages are getting younger. When October comes you can be sure we’ll se pink everywhere in the media. That’s not a knock on Breast Cancer Awareness; it’s a knock on the media, our government, and our communities about not making a big deal about prostate cancer. There’s already the ongoing problem of many of our men choosing to ignore getting screened. So because of that there still needs to be a greater awareness of the importance to get screened.

And while we’re at it, let’s shut the mouths of those few who declare that prostate cancer screening should be eliminated, which I touched on in a previous post (CLICK HERE). That one I don’t understand. It’s like telling someone enrolling in the Navy to not be concerned with swimming lessons. Or a firefighter to skip CPR training. Men everywhere ages 35+ need to think about getting screened for prostate cancer, especially if you have a family history of it and also if you’re of the Black American race. Prostate cancer is becoming more and more a common illness. So let’s get screened and spread the word!!!