If you don’t know already, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. With several days left in the month of September, there are still ways that you can get involved.
Let’s start off our education of prostate cancer awareness by focusing on several facts concerning the diseases. These might sound alarming or scary, but the point is for you to understand as much as possible about prostate cancer so that you have the greatest chance of preventing the disease from occurring in other people and in yourself.
Once we have learned a bit about prostate cancer, we can find some of the prostate cancer awareness events that are presently taking place, and see how you can do your part to fight against the disease. So without further ado, here are several of the most important statistics concerning prostate cancer:
- Every two minutes and fifteen seconds, a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed
- There will be more than 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in this year alone
- Every 18 minutes someone dies of prostate cancer
- 1 in 6 American men is at a lifetime risk for prostate cancer
- Prostate cancer leads the amount of new cancer cases being diagnosed in American men at 33 percent
Once you have internalized these statistics, you will come to realize the urgency that exists for the fight against prostate cancer. Every little bit of help counts, so your efforts will not go unnoticed. There are plenty of ways to get involved, and you will definitely be able to join the cause in your local community. However, if you are looking to get involved with the biggest, most official prostate cancer awareness events, then you will want to do some research on ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer.
ZERO is a charity organization at the forefront of the battle against prostate cancer, and they need volunteers to help them perpetuate the fight. Below are a few of the most popular events that ZERO runs every September. Choose the one that you believe you can make the biggest time contribution to and get involved today.
The Drive Against Prostate Cancer. This is probably the single most effective event that people choose to participate in. The Drive Against Prostate Cancer is basically made up of a fleet of vehicles that tour the country giving free prostate exams to anyone who chooses to sign up. The exams are completely free, and no appointment or insurance is required. These exams are designed to detect prostate cancer in men at an early stage. Over 100, 000 men have best tested in the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, and the popularity of the event is growing.If you have not already had a prostate exam by your local physician, it is imperative that you get checked out at this event. You can go a step further by promoting the event in your community in order to make sure that as many men come out to get checked as possible. If you own a business, you can also partner with ZERO by sponsoring the Drive Against Prostate Cancer. Check out the ZERO Sponsor Center to find out how you can get your company involved with the fight.
Dash For Dad. This is one of the active events that is hosted by ZERO. The Dash For Dad is a 5K race that is hosted in 14 cities across the United States. Since the Dash For Dad began in 2008, over $1 million has been raised to put towards the research for a cure for prostate cancer. About 7,000 runners are expected to compete in the 2010 Dash For Dad, and you can be one of them. If you aren’t conditioned to run the 3+ mile course, there is also a 1/2 mile fun walk available to join in some cities.Generation ZERO. The Project to End Prostate Cancer wants to establish a prostate cancer-free world for the next generation. In order to do this, ZERO needs to raise a sizable amount of money for the cause. You can contribute to this buy investing in shares of stock from Generation Zero. The organization is attempting to raise $2.5 million from these purchases to be put towards free testing, research grants, and advocacy for increased federal funding.
The price of each share is at $18.52, and 135, 000 shares will be issued. This number of shares corresponds to the number of men who are expected to die of prostate cancer of the next five years. For the first $250, 000 raised, the Schwartz family (surviving members of ZERO CEO William A. Schwartz) will match the donations dollar-for-dollar.There are plenty of other prostate cancer awareness events that you can get involved with in order to make a difference. Though September is almost over, you can still educate people about this disease through out the entire year. This way, when next September comes around you will have recruited loads of new people to participate in prostate cancer fundraisers that may not have gotten involved if it was not for your motivation.