Prostate cancer is one of the most common, non-skin cancers that affect men. Early detection of the condition can mean the difference between life and death for many men. Because a simple prostate exam can make such a difference, it's important to make people aware of it in as many ways as possible. Here's a few ways you can become involved.
Know the Facts About Prostate Cancer
It's hard to raise awareness of prostate cancer if you don't know much about prostate cancer yourself. Luckily, there's several resources out there to let you know what prostate cancer is and how it affects those with it. Here are some quick facts to get you started.
Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. There's more than one type of prostate cancer. While statistics for prostate cancer will change each year, the most recent ones show that prostate cancer still represents a major issue.
- Over 100,000 new cases of prostate cancer each year
- Over 20,000 deaths from prostate cancer each year
- 1 in 7 men will receive a diagnosis for prostate cancer
It's a serious issue, and it's important that people remain knowledgeable about it.
Help to Raise Funds for Prostate Cancer Organizations
Many organizations host fundraisers that you can participate in. If you own a business, you can host your own drives and events to raise funds. There's a tremendous number of traditional and creative ways to raise money and awareness through fundraising.
Donate Funds to Research and Treatment Organizations
You can donate directly to the cause or to a fundraiser. They're all welcoming of your donation. Many may have incentives or offer you information on exactly where you dollars go. While direct donations don't always raise awareness for others, the money can go to organizations that do spend time with awareness campaigns.
Volunteer for, or Participate in, Prostate Cancer Awareness Activities
A huge amount of prostate cancer awareness activity comes directly from volunteers. Your time can make a huge difference. You can do many things, from working in the office to handing out flyers and developing awareness campaigns.
If you have a skill of any sort, there's likely a way you can apply it to awareness efforts practically anywhere on the globe.
Pick up a few prostate awareness ribbon pins and hand them out or wear them. The goal is to stir conversation. Your efforts can remind people the fight against prostate cancer continues. Everybody can help in some way, large or small.