Monday, September 7, 2015

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month- Help Spread The Word

I didn't plan to write a letter to the Editor until I saw my local newspaper (The Modesto Bee) was preparing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month when nothing was written about National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Why is it a man's disease doesn't get the same publicity. I encourage any reading this to write a letter to your local paper. You can use the one I wrote if you like. Here it is:
Help spread the word. This week I noticed our newspaper was beginning to gear up for breast cancer awareness month but has said nothing about September and prostate cancer. So I sent the following letter to the editor. I hope men around the country will do this as well to raise awareness. Here's the letter I sent:

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, men are receiving confusing messages about whether or not they should be concerned about this disease. In 2012, the U.S. Preventative Task Force recommended against the use of PSA screening for healthy men of all ages, stating that the harms of screening outweigh the benefits.  The message to men is this: If you find out you have prostate cancer, the odds are you’ll make a bad treatment decision, so it’s best you live in ignorance about this disease. This advice is given in spite of the fact aggressive and life threatening prostate cancer among younger men is on the rise.  Here are some facts about prostate cancer:
1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 38 will die of prostate cancer. A man dies from prostate cancer every nineteen minutes. In the month of September if you are over forty, make the decision to see to see a physician for prostate cancer screening. The life you save may be your own.
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Rick Redner and his wife Brenda are the authors of an awarding winning book written to help men and couples cope with life without a prostate. I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where’s Yours?
Coping With The Emotional, Relational, Spiritual & Sexual Aspects of  Prostate Cancer
 can  be previewed and purchased at
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