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Prostate cancer awareness advocates calling on NFL to give them equal time

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

In the wake of the NFL’s October pink-washing in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, prostate cancer awareness advocates are calling on the NFL to give their disease equal time.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation and its ally groups in the fight against prostate cancer are asking supporters to sign onto petitions requesting that the NFL highlight prostate cancer during the month of September, as they do breast cancer in October.

“We applaud the NFL for raising breast cancer awareness during the month of October by allowing players to wear pink accessories,” the petitions reads. “As prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women (and some men), we ask the NFL to allow light blue items in September for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. With your help we can raises awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that claims more than 32,000 men’s lives each year and impacts millions of families.”

According to Dan Zenka, vice president of communications for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the online petitions have gathered nearly 1,800 signatures since last Thursday. The petitions will remain online until November 1, at which point the organization will present it to the NFL.

“Many of the stadiums are flooding their stadiums with pink lights, lets get some blue lights in there,” Zenka told The Daily Caller. “We deserve healthy fathers and sons, every bit as much as we need healthy mothers and daughters. It is a family issue.”

This year, it is estimated that there will be 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed and that 32,050 men will die from the disease.

Pam Barrett, director of development for Us TOO International, a non-profit prostate cancer education and support network, told TheDC that the goal is to raise public awareness for the disease.

“I’m a breast cancer survivor myself. And I reaped all the benefits from all the awareness, fund-raising and research generated by pink ribbon efforts,” she said. “Those things are not there for prostate cancer and frankly, it’s been hard to figure out how to reach out and engage others to support the men. Few realize that more men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are with breast cancer. So, for the NFL to wear blue for prostate cancer would be excellent. It would greatly help direct public consciousness and consumer products and organizations who support breast cancer to also focus on the needs of men with prostate cancer.”

The online petitions can be found here.

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  • Maxwell1422

    People end the madness! Yes breast cancer gets all the attention but that’s because boobs are sexy. All the young people out there, guys and girls, wear “I heart boobs” and “Save the Ta-Ta’s” clothes. Breast are sexy it’s the truth where as prostates… not so much. Now I’m not saying prostate cancer isn’t bad, because it is very bad, I’m just trying to explain something that should obvious. Now men go get finger waved and stay alive and healthy! And ladies PLEASE! Get those monograms! “Save the Ta-Ta’s”
    And oh yes the money for colored ribbon things doesn’t go where they say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Wallace/100001475754909 William Wallace

    I am sick of this pink toro caca…My wife died of cancer. No one in pink showed up to help her. I am sick of seeing any NFL wearing PINK!!! Enough is enough already. These bleeding hearts have become totally obnoxious with the never ending “walks” etc…and I am not sure just where all the money is actually going. If it is a form for “group therapy” then fine, …feel good about yourselves, feel better than everyone else, save the planet and enjoy…but keep it to yourselves. Your promotions are obviously just a quest for more money. Get the H… out of my life.

  • searunner

    Men should initially be checked by psa at age 40 , unless there is a family history or African American than starting at age 35 . Early detection = cure .
    32,050 Men die of Prostate Cancer in this country every year making it the second leading cancer cause of death of Men behind lung cancer, and it can affect Men in thier 40s .