Squirm great point.
When a guy has a wife or other female loved one with breast cancer, they are more likely to reach out in active support than if they themselves get PCa. That's my opinion, but I see it as you have.
Goodlife, I believe that we are a generation off from fixing it.
My suggestion for a better awareness?
1> Like the old CSN song says "teach your children well". Girls read about
cancer and particularly breast cancer in high school. And it is reiterated many times. We need to do the same.
2> Advocacy's unite! This is a real problem. NASPCC and ZERO have parted ways. The Prostate Cancer Foundation calls June Prostate Cancer Awareness month, while the Coalitions have embedded congress and the White House with September as awareness month. Advocacy and support groups get hung up on which treatment is better. It happens here.
3> Don't withhold anything. Many men just won't talk period. The girls talk everything. It is not a big deal to let someone know about
incontinence or ED. At least outside of our own ego's. But when it comes up, let people know what you know.
There is no immediate answer as long as we are divided and silent...I guess you should consider PCa the silent killer for more than just the symptoms.
Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1