>Off the Beaten Path>Prostate Cancer Fundraiser (shamless plea!)
Before you click away, let me share some statistics.
Did you know that ?
There are more new cases of prostate cancer found per year than for each of the other cancer types except Lung cancer. Government funding for prostate cancer research is much less than that for breast cancer (about half). [http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/NCI/research-funding]
“A total of 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer and 28,170 deaths from the disease are anticipated in the United States in 2013, making it the most frequent nondermatologic cancer among U.S. males. A man’s lifetime risk of prostate cancer is one in six. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, exceeded only by lung cancer.” [http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/prostate/HealthProfessional]
Yet not all prostate changes are cancer. Read this for more information on changes in your prostate over time. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/screening/understanding-prostate-changes
Who should get screened? Oddly enough the current research shows that blanket screening of PSAs for men above 75 isn’t always linked to cancer survival. More research is needed. Research requires our help – yours and mine.
I’m conducting a fundraiser in conjunction with running the Marine Corps marathon this year to raise awareness about this dreadful disease which is still not well understood. This disease took my grandfather’s life, unfortunately. As risk factors increase with genetic linkage it will now threaten the lives of my father and brothers. If you have some money to spare for a charitable contribution, please help me here http://mcm.athletesforacure.org/BonnieSchroeder. Thank you!
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