Recently prostate cancer awareness was given a boost in an open letter to the National Football League posted yesterday, November 13, 2010.
That letter from Mike Scott, cofounder and president of Prostate Cancer International, was addressed to NFL commissioners, who oversee all professional football leagues in the United States.
Mr.Scott asks the footballl commissioners to consider having all teams wear blue and support National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September 2011, they way they support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October by wearing pink and related advocacy activities.
In response to Mike Scott's letter I would like to share my own open letter affirming his organization's intiiative but taking it a few steps further.
I applaud your initiative to have the NFL and all its highly competitive professional football teams act as one to promote prostate cancer awareness in preparation for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month next September 2011.
Perhaps your vision of seeing this happen could begin by relying on the experience of such groups as the Men’s Health Network in Wash.,DC, which for several years has provided prostate cancer screening before Redskins games.
In addition you might work with the American Urological Association in its current efforts to promote prostate cancer awareness through their sponsoring Michael Haynes and other NFL Hall of Famers currently on a national prostate cancer awareness tour throughout the United States.
While promoting the notion that NFL teams work together in this regard, we also have to make sure that prostate cancer and urological networks work in concert. Failing that how are we going to bring prostate cancer awareness and research efforts closer to the magnificent efforts of breast cancer advocates such as the annual Komins Foundation for the Cure?
As a final thought, given the demographic and other parallels between prostate and breast cancer, isn’t it high time we worked together with breast cancer advocates? Men and women – including Women Against Prostate Cancer (formerly under the aegis of the Men’s Health Network), ought to jointly advance the cause of prostate cancer advocates and healthcare personnel in preparation for next September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
To reciprocate prostate cancer advocates and educators like us should promote the cause of breast cancer awareness and prevention next October 2011,- designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
After all we really are ALL in this together, male and female, like the Good Book has told us from the beginning of time.
It follows that we need to do what we can to conquer prostate and breast cancer TOGETHER.
--Rabbi Ed Weinsberg, EdD, DD