For those who follow me on this blog (all 2 of you i bet), I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busier on my Twitter feed more than here. BUT, it’s September again. What does that mean? Well, it’s rarely known but September is PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! Though it’s not nearly as popular as October is with Breast Cancer Awareness, it is equally important as it is known that prostate cancer is the 2nd largest cause of death among men (2nd to heart disease), yet it is the leading type of cancer that men die from. At least that’s what I’m finding so far. So why do men leave this earth because of prostate cancer??? It’s mainly because of plain and simple ignorance, mostly by choice. Most men don’t care to know anything about their health, so not knowing is believed to be a cure. You know the old saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” Cancer doesn’t consult with you for permission to attack your body. A better saying is, “What you don’t know can kill you!” Prostate cancer grows slowly so annual screenings can catch it and the proper treatment, especially performed in the early stages, can save lives in a heart beat.
I have to jump on my soapbox again and question why the #NFL and other sports organizations (like #MLB) that run in September won’t help raise awareness for prostate cancer? Now I’m sure organizations like Susan G. Komen pay top dollar to have pink everywhere during October, especially on many football fields. But does it take a lot of money or a celebrity to do the same for men’s health with so many millions of men who are glued to their tubes every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday or any other day of the week? Or how about Saturdays with college football??? Millions upon millions of men watch from their sofas or tailgate parties enjoying every play (like myself) — that is the perfect time to have a commercial or any public service announcement about prostate cancer. Why is this not happening??? Too bad I’m not rich or popular to help make this happen. But that won’t stop me! I will do what I can in my own little sphere to raise awareness and spread the word. I just need more brothers to do the same, whether you’re a survivor or not. Here’s a challenge: If anybody knows the best way to send a message to leading sports organizations (NFL, MLB, NCAA, etc.) please let me know and let’s do it together!!! I attempted to contact the NFL a couple of years ago but didn’t have a good method of contact to even make a dent. I received no response. But it would be great to see some light blue on football fields and baseball diamonds, trimming football helmets and baseball caps, and even better on coaches’ apparel as they scream from the sidelines or dugouts. Until then, let’s talk to our neighbors, church members, co-workers, grocery shoppers, and so on. For fathers like me, we can also reach out to our kids’ schools to help raise awareness at the Friday night games! Let’s help save lives and raise awareness for more screenings, one brother at a time.