Feb 16, 2010 - 4:46 pm
We have all read different comments on this site about Prostate Cancer(PC), and how little a lot of people know about it, and that many think it is just a slow cancer that is a good type of cancer to have, and it sure dosen't look like we have anything wrong with us if we have PC.
As men, we don't push the issue like we should. Admit it guys, PC is affecting our lives, our families, and all those around us. It is time to stand up and face the world and say "I've got Prostate Cancer and I am going to kick its ass".
Women are blessed with Breast Cancer(BC), and men with Prostate Cancer(sarcasim). Take a look at the number of posts/comments on the BC discussion site, and the number of the posts/comments on the PC site. Are we unable to communicate, or are we embarressed, or just to plain dumb to discuss it. PC is not a sin to have. I do not wear it like a medal or badge of courage, but I do believe in talking to my friends and co-workers about it. It does not take to much to put a bug in someones ear to get a PSA check, or to have them suggest that their husband, father, uncle, brother or friend get a check. Many people do not know diddly-squat about PC, or how easy it is to do a basic check for it. I remember telling the members on my management team at work that I had PC, and the woman that was our health benefits manager asked is she should worry about getting checked for PC. Like I said, many people don't know diddly-squat.
Several comments have been made about the Susan B. Komen run against BC. I participated in my home-towns first run 2 years ago. Approx. 1700 people participated in the inagural event. Men, women, children, seniors, and they all had a good time. It took effort on the part of many people to ull it off. BUT, an event like this always has to start on a small scale somewhere. We PC'ers can do the same thing. You do not have to have a huge event to make a difference. PC'ers are spread across the nation and the world. You probably have more of them within 50 miles of you than you think. We can work together within our smaller geographical areas to not only put on a run to raise PC awareness, but we can provide a network of people for newly diagnosed PC'ers to talk to. Much like AA, a person with PC can more readily relate and talk to a newly diagnosed PC'er.
So it is time to stand up to PC. We can talk the talk, but can we walk the walk?? All PC'ers can have a part in kicking PC's butt. Maybe just to talk to someone who just found out he has it, maybe by holding a public discussion, maybe by promoting a community event like a run. Heck, if nothing else, a guy can just dribble on PC(said tongue in cheek). WE CAN DO IT.
I hope this lights a fire under our PC asses that will get us off our butt and doing something about PC. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best to all. Dakotarunner