Prostate Health Month
Every September, various health advocates, organizations, experts, and individuals come together to raise awareness about men’s prostate health and cancer. This month is known as National Prostate Health Month and it was created for a number of other purposes other than raising awareness, however.
It was also created to help provide prostate health and cancer screens that are accessible to the public, to educate about the risk factors associated with this form of cancer, and to advocate for additional research on prostate health issues and prostate cancer.
Even though some people consider prostate cancer to only be a male problem, the truth is that both men and women should get involved because this cancer impacts the lives of everyone’s loved ones.
The History Of National Prostate Health Month
In 1999, this month was created by the American Foundation for Urological Disease. The original purpose of this month was to inform the public about prostate health issues. However, its scope was expanded in 2001 after Senate Resolution 138 endorsed the week and made it an annual observance.
Two years, later, U.S President George W. Bush proclaimed the month National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It would be reaffirmed as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in 2015 by the Obama Administration. Since then, this month has been observed with not only prostate health but also prostate cancer prevention and treatment.
Facts About Prostate Health & Prostate Cancer
To help all of our readers learn more about prostate health and cancer, we thought that we’d list some of the facts that we know about it below. The following facts should help everyone observe National Prostate Health Month in a more conscientious and purposeful manner.
- The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located beneath a man’s bladder.
- The prostate’s main purpose is to protect and nourish sperm.
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.
- Currently, over 3 million men are living with this condition.
- Approximately 12.5% of men will receive prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- If a man has a brother or father with prostate cancer, they have double the risk of developing it.
- Prostate cancer symptoms can appear to be like the symptoms of other health conditions such as an overactive bladder.
Observing National Prostate Health Month
All around the U.S, there are events at medical centers, health systems, and hospitals supporting this month. These organizations offer free screenings for prostate-related diseases.
It’s also a month during which many organizations researching prostate cancers attempt to raise funds, so people should consider thinking about donating to these organizations. People can also spread the word about this month using the hashtag #ProstateHealthMonth on the Internet.