Prostate Cancer Awareness Week on September, 2024: Breast cancer verses prostate cancer?
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The big push for breast cancer awareness, fund raising and research was a grassroots effort started years ago by family members of those who died of breast cancer and those who survived it.
Breast cancer accounts for 29% of all cancers. Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, it is not nearly as deadly. At its peak the death rate was 27 in 100,000 and it is not unusual for a man to live with it for 10-20 years. Men are usually diagnosed when they are over 65 years of age.
Most breast cancers occur in postmenopausal women, but 25% do not. I have had two this week in women who are 31 and 32 years of age, both found the lump while breastfeeding their baby. It is not likely either will live long enough to see their children past elementary school.
Thanks to all the effort made by everyday people to find a cure for breast cancer it is no longer the death sentence it once was. We still do not have a cure, but we have learned so much more and are better able to manage the disease.
Research is ongoing for all types of cancer there is just not highly organized groups to keep it in the news or raising money for it. However, anyone can start one if they wish.
Breast Cancer Awareness?
Easy one. The reason breast cancer has a higher profile than other types of cancer is simple - sheer hard work.
Breast cancer awareness campaigns and BC Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, many of them with breast cancer, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. Enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised (and then big business cashed in - but that's another story).
People who campaign around illnesses are usually concerned with the illness that's affected them or their family. I know a couple who have a child with a very rare and life-threatening condition (not a cancer). Much of their time is now taken up with campaigning around this condition - fund raising and agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc.
Individuals don't have unlimited time, and choose their campaigns. And that's what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did, and worked their socks off.
There are other cancer awareness months, weeks, ribbons etc; but the fact is none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has.
There is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign for awareness of testicular, prostate or any other cancer along the lines of the one started by those women who started all the breast cancer awareness. They’d have to be as dedicated and prepared to work as hard though.
Which month is Breast cancer awareness month, and what other diseases are for the other months?
National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Cancer Control Month
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
National Cancer Survivors Day (June 3)
Men's Health/Cancer Awareness (Father's Day - June 17)
National Ovarian Cancer Month
Childhood Cancer Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (Sept. 16-22)
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Here is another one which has more ailments than cancer: