September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month

Whereas, Prostate cancer constitutes 19% of all cancer diagnoses and 8% of all cancer deaths; and

Whereas, In Ohio an estimated 5,840 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 1,020 deaths will occur; and

Whereas, Men with relatives – father, brother, son – with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease; and

Whereas, Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to get prostate cancer; and

Whereas, Prostate cancer is most commonly diagnosed cancer in American Men and the third leading cause of cancer death behind lung and colon cancer; and

Whereas, this year approximately 161,360 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year – that’s one man every 3.3 minutes and roughly 26,730 die this year from the disease – which is one man every 20 minutes; and

Whereas, 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. African American men are at the highest risk for the disease with a rate of 1 in 6 men. African American men are 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease: and

Whereas, Education regarding prostate cancer and early detection strategies is critical to saving lives, preserving, and protecting our families; and

Whereas, all men are at risk for prostate cancer and we encourage the citizens of (City) to increase the importance of prostate screenings.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Funny story

We are coming up on 6 years since Ray was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Prostate Cancer. Many people will not talk about prostate cancer. Many years ago I use to be the quite shy person but not now. Every chance I have to talk about prostate cancer I will take it. For the past 3 years we have went to Washington DC and spoke on Capitol Hill.  You want to know how serious I am about this subject.

September 13, 2015 was my first time ever of being in Washington, DC. We attended a ZERO Summit and on the last day we had meetings with Senators and Congress Members on Capitol Hill. Our first meeting was at 8;30am with Senator Brown so my excitement to meet with him to discuss prostate cancer got the better of me. At 8;15am I took a SPILL on Capitol Hill and broke my leg. The Capitol Hill Police wanted to call for the ambulance to take me to the hospital but I said no. I am going to these meetings they are to important for me to miss. So they get a wheelchair for me and off to the first meeting. We attended all three meetings that day and returned to Ohio and that is when I went to the hospital. I am called back and the Doctors asked how it happened. And I said I took a Spill on Capitol Hill. They laughed and said it is not funny but they way you say it.

Since then we have returned to increase awareness for prostate cancer. In 2013 I was disappointed that Ohio did not have any Resolution for September signed by the Governor.  So I made it my mission to change that. And last year the first one was signed. But again I did not stop there it was time to get the Mayors also involved with Proclamations. So I started writing to them and shared my personal story and was supported with encouraging emails of support. I started this blog and share the Proclamations/ Resolutions and emails of support. There are times that I get emails from others on how to get it started in their states. This is the link please feel free to share it with others. click here Ohio Prostate Cancer Awareness

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