Prostate Cancer Awareness Month kicks off with new wrist band

Wrist bands support free screenings, advocacy for research funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—There are 2 million prostate cancer survivors in the U.S. and countless men who have died from the most common non-skin cancer in America. Now, loved ones and families can celebrate survivorship and honor those who have passed away with the blue prostate cancer wrist band.

“Many men who are inflicted with prostate cancer are fathers and serve as the providers and protectors of our families,” National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) CEO Dr. Richard N. Atkins, M.D., said. “Now it’s time to protect our protectors and honor them by wearing the prostate cancer wrist band.”

Wrist bands, printed with “Do it for Dad,” are available for $1 each in packs of 10 at, help raise money to supply free screenings to the underserved and fund advocacy efforts in getting the federal government to increase its investment in prostate cancer research funding.

Last year, the NPCC screened 10,000 men for free onboard the Drive Against Prostate Cancer. Since the organization was founded in 1996, it has worked to increase federal funding for prostate cancer research by 500 percent.

“More work needs to be done,” Atkins said. “While breast cancer deserves every penny of research funding, prostate cancer research funding is only about half that of breast cancer, although the case loads are roughly equal. A man is dying every 18 minutes from this disease, and we need support.”

About NPCC

NPCC sets the standard for reducing the burden of prostate cancer on American men and families through awareness, outreach and advocacy. This year marks the fifth year dedicating September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as declared by the president and U.S. Senate at the request of NPCC.

From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue

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