Since 2003, September has been designated National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The most prevalent form of cancer among men, second only to skin cancer is Prostate Cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men.
The question I ask is why…Why is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a month that places special emphasis on a disease that leads to the deaths of almost 30,000 US men annually, so little known and talked about by men and in some ways more importantly by women. Do a quick survey tomorrow and randomly ask 3 people if they know September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. After you get 3 no replies, ask another 3 people. My guess is, you’ll have to ask 50 or more people before you find one person who will give you an affirmative answer to your question.
In the United States we’re getting close to a quarter million men each year diagnosed with prostate cancer. Seriously, think about that. We’re talking about 250,000 men each year being diagnosed with a disease that will cause the death of 1 in 7 of those men. With Black men the numbers are twice as high.
As a Black man I know all to well the impact prostate cancer can have on any man and his relationships and I spend a great deal of my time informing and creating awareness about this disease to as many men and women as I can. There was a study done by the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focused on prostate cancer rates by race and ethnicity. You can find that study here Prostate Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity. The bottom line of the study is: “Black men were more likely to die of prostate cancer than any other group, followed by White, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander men.” Black men more often than not experience the most aggressive form of prostate cancer.
With prostate cancer treatments often having a detrimental effect in terms of intimacy and sex on men and couples experiencing prostate cancer, one would think all men at a certain age would rush to have a prostate exam. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Men in general often don’t go to the doctor until they are sick. As most of you reading this know, prostate cancer often has little or no symptoms, with men finding out that if they had identified the disease earlier they may have been cured.
A Big Kick In The Balls
Every man knows that being kicked in the balls will always get his attention. Recaptured Love: Intimacy-Sex and Prostate Cancer is my attempt to give men that swift kick that so many of us need to either avoid the effects of prostate cancer treatment on their intimate and sexual relations or if a man is already dealing with the effects of treatment, how to maintain and enhance their intimate and sexual relationship with their partner. This is the reason I speak frankly and honestly about intimacy and sexuality in my writing and speaking. When men and women know first hand that prostate cancer has the potential to totally destroy their sex life as they’ve know it, this kick in the balls may be all they need to start having regular prostate exams. It’s also the kick that many men need to get pass not being able to achieve or maintain a natural erection or having a satisfying sex life for themselves and their partner.
So with a big kick in the balls I say to you; Happy Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.