Prostate cancer advocacy is important and can be done in many different ways. One sees breast cancer cure advocacy everywhere these days, but little for prostate cancer. My wife and I recently bought some yogurt at a local store and the lids have the pink ribbon symbolizing breast cancer on top with a note to send in the lids to raise money for breast cancer research.
One of the issues with early prostate cancer detection is that not everyone believes in it. There are entire countries who do not routinely screen for prostate cancer. The American Medical Association does not advocate annual PSA screening tests for men over 50 (many prostate cancer experts now recommend 40 for a baseline evaluation) , recommending that it be a personal choice between the patient and his physician. Read: You might be opening a Pandora's Box. We have a least one member here who posts along these lines.
For those of us who believe that early detection translates to a possible cure there are small things we can do that don't require much effort. Here are some things I do:
(1) In the supermarkets I use, I write on the store comment cards about prostate cancer awareness month (September) and why the store should be promoting this--just as they do breast cancer research. I've heard back in one case from a supermarket chain vice-president.
(2) I let it be known at work and among social contacts that I have had prostate cancer. I've already had several men and women contact me when a spouse or a friend has been diagnosed, asking for my help and support.
(3) I contribute small sums as I can afford it to organizations that do a good job at providing information and/or funding research about prostate cancer. There are many other ways that some of you raise the light-blue flag for prostate cancer awareness, including posting here on the forum, which helps others in their own pc journey.
The word on the street is that prostate cancer is slow-growing and you'll die of something else. Somehow this misperception needs to be changed: prostate cancer does kill and that early detection can save a life.
When Barack Obama was elected as president of the U.S., one of my first thoughts was, 'As an African-American in his mid-40s, I hope he is screened regularly for prostate cancer'