Providing support for the prostate cancer community is easier than you think, especially when you know where to find opportunities to spread awareness about the condition.
We make it easy for you to participate in a clinical trial for Prostate cancer, and get access to the latest treatments not yet widely available - and be a part of finding a cure.
Five leading charities support anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families, caregivers, partners, and friends.
They each have their own fundraising and volunteer opportunities that are designed to raise awareness about prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)
Perhaps the most well-known prostate cancer organization, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), was begun in 1993 by Mike Milken after he was diagnosed with the disease.
The organization is known for developing a Rapid Grant Selection Process, which matches funds with scientists, cancer centers, and research facilities to help build targeted treatments.
PCF also has numerous patient resources available, including caregiver and financial guidance.
You can get involved in its fundraising efforts by sending an eCard to family and friends. Plus, PCF's Home Run Challenge Program gets Major League Baseball involved and is a fun way to help fund vital medical research.
ZERO Cancer's goal is to end prostate cancer through political advocacy and grassroots programs, such as vital early detection screenings.
It was begun in 1996 by a diverse group of medical personnel, advocates, and patients. Today, it provides numerous educational resources and support services.
These include the ZERO Drive Transportation Program, 50 Vets in 50 States Initiative, and ZERO360 for personalized patient assistance with insurance and financial aid.
One of ZERO Cancer's biggest fundraising events of the year is its Prostate Cancer Run/Walk that takes place each August in cities across the country.
The nonprofit also offers:
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Virtual ZERO Prostate Cancer Tee-Off,
Team ZERO portal for athletes who want to use their competitions to raise money
Grow and Give beard contests featuring three distinct styles,
Tribute Center to honor your loved one by telling their story
Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC)
The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) has done tremendous work in raising awareness about ways to defeat the disease, in part by establishing the Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW).
Started in 1989, PCEC, together with Screening Site Partners, has screened more than five million men for prostate cancer, mostly free of charge.
Check out the volunteer opportunities if you're interested in lending a hand at health screenings or SET the PACE events.
In 1990, Us TOO began as the nation's first prostate cancer support group and has since expanded to provide invaluable prostate cancer resources, such as treatment options, one-on-one outreach, and phone support.
The organization also put together a detailed Prostate Cancer Roadmap that helps readers understand the disease and find the best treatment options.
Its online newsletter focuses on treatment news and developments to help you keep up-to-date on all your options.
Each September, Us TOO puts on the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk, Run, & More in Chicago's Lincoln Park. You can fundraise for this event as a team or individually, donate, or even check out the additional support opportunities here.
Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI)
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) is a leading advocate for men's prostate health. It offers information on the disease's four stages, guidance on finding a diagnostic imaging center, and advice for interpreting your pathology report.
It also hosts an annual patient education conference that's live-streamed and offers a free helpline run by prostate cancer patients.
On the website, you'll find helpful downloads, videos, quizzes, articles, infographics, and down-to-earth guides put together by the organization's team of patient advocates and scientific experts.
You can join or start a PCRI support group in your community to learn valuable information and give and receive much-needed guidance.
One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. The risk is even higher for African American men.
The numerous fundraising and volunteer events during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month are focused on early intervention, preventative lifestyle measures, clinical trial opportunities, and the latest medical treatments to help end prostate cancer.
When is Prostrate Cancer Awareness Month?
First started by the American Foundation for Urological Disease in 1999 as National Prostate Health Month, National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month became officially recognized in 2003 by presidential decree.
Each September, it aims to spread awareness about reducing the risk of the disease and create better health outcomes for the condition.
What are the Prostate Cancer Awareness Colors?
Cancer awareness programs choose a color to display on ribbons, wristbands, and materials to spread awareness.
Blue is often associated with calm, peace, and healing. In fact, blue light has been scientifically shown¹ to help relieve stress and bring on a healthy state of relaxation. This focus on healing helped light blue become the official color of support for prostate cancer.
The Go Blue for prostate cancer campaign brings communities together around the central theme of empowering men - and the women who care for them.
1. Join the Eat It to Beat It Challenge
You can post social media photos, wellness facts, and cooking tips about foods to better manage and prevent prostate cancer.
It's a fun way to spread prostate cancer awareness right from the comfort of your own home.
2. Donate and Volunteer
ZERO Cancer offers several ways to get involved as a volunteer during prostate cancer awareness month and beyond, including helping out at a run/walk or becoming a patient advocate.
Us TOO also has several volunteer opportunities, as does PCF. You can even donate directly to help support each of the leading prostate cancer foundations and charity groups using the links below:
3. Advocate for Prostate Cancer Research
Sending out information about upcoming clinical trials for prostate cancer across your social media channels and community networks can help advance new treatments, interventions, medications, and cures.
In addition, taking part in a clinical trial opens the door for people with prostate cancer to access treatments that are not yet made publicly available.