September is Also About Cancer Awareness (September 3, 2012)
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer: the word strikes terror in the heart of most people despite the fact that new treatments, enhanced therapies and ongoing research allows more patients than ever before to survive and thrive despite their cancer diagnosis. The majority of cancers today are treated successfully, especially if caught early.
Though cancer receives a great deal of attention throughout the year, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer has designated September as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, with emphasis on reproductive cancers. Their mission is to raise funds and educate woman on what has been termed “below the belt killers.”
Think teal: September is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month using the color teal in a fashion statement similar to the pink that is used to symbolize breast cancer. (For more info visit www.tealtoes.org
). Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women between the ages of 35-74.
For men, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as part of Project Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer (www.zerocancer.org). Though the subject of early testing for prostate cancer underwent recent debate, the American Urological Association and the American Cancer Society recommend annual prostate screenings in most men ages 50 to 70. African-American men or men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin at the age of 40. (Source: www2.wbtw.com)
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center separates fact from fiction regarding prostate cancer, how to find it early and best ways to treat it (or not) in their research-based article Prostate Cancer: Six Things Men Should Know (www.newswise.com). For additional details visit the Cancer Research Center at www.fhcrc.org
At Health Testing Centers we offer peace of mind to men and women through an easy, cost-effective series of cancer screenings. Among the many cancer tests we provide: