Frequently, the Wellness Committee at Excelsior College holds events to promote good health, and will host “Go Blue Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign” on Thursday, June 20 from 12 pm – 2 pm. The event for staff and faculty will include a bake sale and games with all proceeds benefitting the Us Too International Organization.
Two years ago, a prostate cancer survivor from the college staff spoke during this event. Last year over $300 was raised for research on the disease.
“Excelsior College is a warm and caring community that supports various causes throughout the year. Cancer has impacted the lives of our staff and their families so men’s health is an important issue,” says Lopa Chakraborty, senior human resources specialist.
The “Go Blue Campaign” coincides with June as National Men’s Health Month. Individuals are encouraged to wear blue to heighten the awareness of prevention programs and to encourage early detection and treatment of prostate cancer among men.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Women are twice as likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services. Studies show that regular screening by men considerably increases early detection of this highly treatable disease. Here are some other stats on men’s health that may also surprise you.
- 24 percent of males stated that even if they were in pain or sick, they would delay seeking health care as long as possible. 17% would delay going to a doctor for a week or more.
- 1 in 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
- Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- Heart disease is the leading threat to men’s health, followed by cancer and accidents.
- Poor nutrition is linked with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — leading causes of death in men over 40.
As a side note, a growing number of men are entering the nursing profession and taking care of others. Excelsior College has been selected four times as a Best School of Nursing for Men by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.