We would like to take a moment and salute women for their amazing continued efforts to increase worldwide awareness of breast cancer. As the annual “Pink campaign” rolls out annually, it is important to remember the great strides that women’s advocacy has made towards early screening and finding a cure ….. for all cancers.
Starting in the 1960s when mammography was shown to detect breast cancer early and radically change the course of this disease, women have lobbied government, insurance companies, doctors, researchers and the public to direct efforts and money towards better earlier screening, treatments and a cure. Their successes to date have not come easily but persistence has paid off. You may have noticed that the Pink is everywhere again this year…… oh, and survival rates for breast cancer have improved beyond belief.
Men owe women a huge debt of gratitude, not only because lives (and breasts) all over the world are being saved, but also because their advocacy has had a huge impact on research and treatment of all cancers, including prostate cancer. At The Men’s Health Center, our ability to screen and refer men earlier for better treatment of prostate cancer and survival has benefited from the relentless march of women. Men could take some direction for women when it comes to promoting awareness for the benefit of annual checkups and cancer screening. And we have a long way to go to create the same momentum for prostate cancer. But in the meantime, ladies, a nod of thanks from us all at The Men’s Health Center.