Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blue September--Help Keep the Men in Your Life Healthy


Blue September (www.blueseptember.org) is an international campaign developed to increase awareness of prostate cancer.  We all know that many men are pretty lackadaisical in caring for their health.  Many men might be afraid of the examination and testing, which can lead to late diagnoses and treatment.  However, early detection of prostate cancer can prevent death.  In 2011, 240,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 33,000 died from it.  One new case occurs every two minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 15 minutes.

However, many deaths from prostate cancer can be prevented by early detection.  Here are some simple things men can do to support Blue September:
  • Eat right (including walnuts) and exercise.
  • Know your family history and share it with family members.
  • Do your research; be an active member on your healthcare team.
  • If you are over 40 years-old, find a physician you trust and talk to them about developing a proactive prostate care plan.
  • Talk to your peers and friends; make prostate cancer something to talk about.
  • If you are given a diagnosis of prostate cancer, do not panic—detected early, it is highly treatable. Even in cases of advanced disease, there are more effective treatment options than ever before.
Joining the California Blue September team as sponsors this year are California Walnuts, Varian Medical Systems, 91X Radio and Men’s Health magazine.

For more information or to participate in a Blue September event, visit www.blueSeptember.org.  Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USABlueSeptember and on twitter @BlueSeptemberUS.

Disclosure:  The above information was provided to me to share with my readers.  I was not compensated for this post.
 

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