9 Ideas for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Health Month, also known as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, takes place every September in North America.

Established in 1999, Awareness Month gives health experts, health advocates, and people concerned or affected by prostate health and prostate cancer a chance to share important information about the disease.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). In fact, the ACS estimates that one in 41 men will die of prostate cancer and predicts that approximately 268,490 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in 2022.

Raising awareness about prostate cancer and getting regular screenings can spur research, encourage people with prostate cancer to enroll in clinical trials, and potentially save lives.

Still, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how to get involved in an awareness month, especially with so many options to choose from.

Here are nine ways you can get involved in September to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Social media is one of the best ways to draw attention to important issues.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and TikTok help us connect with people and communities around the world in seconds.

By adding a prostate cancer hashtag to your social media posts, you can potentially help millions of people engage with your post and see crucial information about the disease.

Here are popular hashtags used around the world to raise awareness for prostate cancer:

  • #Prostate cancer
  • #men’s health
  • #urology
  • #peaceoutprostatecancer
  • #PCSM
  • #PSMA

the Prostate Cancer Foundation estimates that 30% of cancers are preventable through lifestyle factors, such as exercise and a balanced plant-based, low-sugar diet.

That’s why the foundation encourages showing support for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with a 30-day food challenge, called #EatItToBeatIt.

#EatItToBeatIt encourages participants to eat 30 healthy foods in 30 days. You can follow 30 suggested foods or choose your own 30 foods. This free challenge aims to help people understand how lifestyle factors influence the outlook for prostate cancer.

Some participants also launch a fundraiser to accompany their challenge. This encourages others to support their mission and get involved in prostate cancer awareness as well.

Every mile you run can help fund cancer research, potentially saving lives.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month hosts runs across the country that raise money for prostate cancer. To get involved, consider signing up for a local 5K or 10K specifically focused on prostate cancer awareness or cancer research.

You can even create or wear running t-shirts that advocate for prostate cancer awareness.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation has pledged to send 50 free copies of “What every man should knowa guide to prostate cancer and statistics, to anyone interested.

You can sign up to receive a free electronic PDF of the guide or 50 physical guides mailed to you free of charge. You can print them and distribute them throughout your workplace to inform your colleagues about prostate cancer.

Organizations and health advocates often host events during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. These can include anything from fundraising dinners and galas to charity games.

To find an event near you, Google “prostate cancer awareness month events” or visit ZERO, a foundation that aims to end prostate cancer and organizes events across the country. You can also check with local hospitals and health agencies.

With many events going virtual, you may also be able to find one you can attend online from the comfort of your own home.

People who have the financial means to donate may consider donating money during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Donations are essential to fund research and clinical trials, which are used to develop new treatments for prostate cancer and improve outlook or quality of life.

You can donate to a cancer society, prostate cancer research foundation, or hospital.

Getting screened for prostate cancer is one of the best ways for men to show their support this September — and beyond. It’s a great way to take care of your own health while inspiring others with prostate cancer to do the same.

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages men aged 55-69 to consider prostate screening. The recommendation applies to people who:

  • are at average or increased risk of prostate cancer
  • do not have symptoms of prostate cancer
  • have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to consider joining a prostate cancer support group, which can be helpful for both caregivers and people with the disease.

You may be able to find a support group at your local hospital or on Facebook. You can also consult this list of support groups offered by the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Awareness months can be incredibly beneficial, but they can also be trying.

Prostate cancer care, prostate cancer advocacy, or caring for someone with prostate cancer can be an emotional experience.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, events, social media and more, you can step back and focus on yourself. Self-care is also important.

Prostate cancer awareness is one of the best ways to help people learn about signs, symptoms, and preventive screening. It also helps build communities and foster connections.

Although Prostate Cancer Awareness Month takes place in September, you can still get involved all year round and take part in events, fundraisers, support groups, and more.

About Catharine C. Bean

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