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Movember for Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Happy Movember, everyone!

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Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States, after skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in white men. African-American men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white men with prostate cancer.

Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms. Advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow of urine, but these symptoms can also be caused by benign prostate conditions.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

In its early stages, prostate cancer often has no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can be like those of an enlarged prostate or BPH. Thus, it is vital to talk to your health care provider when you have urinary symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Dull pain in the lower pelvic area,
  • Frequent urinating,
  • Trouble urinating, pain, burning, or weak urine flow,
  • Blood in the urine or semen,
  • Painful ejaculation,
  • Pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Loss of weight
  • Bone pain

There are two types of screening tests used to detect Prostate Cancer. Health care providers use the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal examination (DRE) to screen for prostate cancer. They advise both for early detection.

Deciding what treatment you should get can be complex if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treament depends on the stage and grade of the cancer. It also depends on your age and health.

Some cancers grow so slowly that treatment may not be needed. But, some grow fast and are life–threatening. If you are diagnosed with psotate cancer, your health care provider will review your PSA level, T stage, Gleason score, and biopsy results. The results from these test will help your health care provider predict the likelihood of your cancer progressing or coming back.

The treatment choices for prostate cancer are:

  • Active Surveillance
  • Watchful Waiting
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Often times, treatment plans include more than one treatment option.

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International Widow's Day

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International Widow's Day

Gather round, everyone, it’s time for another edition of the Personalized Cause awareness blog. Today we are going to talk about something that many people don’t realize, particularly if you were born and raised in countries like the United States, Canada, and Western European nations such as France, England, Spain, Italy, and other countries with similar social attitudes. Today is International Widow’s Day. As the name indicates, this is an observance that is dedicated to women who have lost their husbands. Becoming a widow is an unbearable experience for all wives; however, many people don’t know that in many other countries becoming a widow can threaten your safety, social status, income, rights, and ability to care for your children. So, today, we are going to discuss what it is like to become a widow in other places of the world, where you are nothing and have nothing without a husband. While International Widow’s Day is free to be observed in honor of all widows, the day was created in order to call attention to the plight of women who lose their husbands in countries where widows are stigmatized, ostracized, and victimized as part of the culture they live in.

In many other cultures and countries, a woman’s status and value is inseparably tied to their husband. When their husband dies, everything tied to him disappears with it. All that they were when their husband was alive is everything they are not after his death. Many widows are treated as if they are invisible in other countries. In some places, widows are demonized and abused, as if isolation and being cut off from their families and society were not enough. For these women, becoming a widow is not only emotionally painful, but potentially also physically dangerous, and socially disastrous. When I say socially disastrous, I don’t mean that they stop being invited to holiday parties or drop a couple pegs in the social hierarchy. For them, socially disastrous means that they are completely ostracized, sometimes even excommunicated.

In many countries, particularly Africa, widowhood comes with a dangerous stigma. Some cultures believe that if a husband dies, it is the wife’s fault. It is believed that they are cursed or witches. In fact, in some parts of the world, the word for widow can be traces back to a word similar to something like sorceress or witch. They are accused of witchcraft and murder, simply because their husbands passed away and they are women. There are horrific rituals required of widows as a rite of mourning or burial. The rituals vary by country and culture, but these are just a few of the things that widows are forced to do when they lose their husbands. Many of them basically punish the woman for her husband’s death. Some of rituals put the widow’s life at risk, and most are humiliating and demeaning.

In some parts of Africa a widow is forced to have sex with another man. Some indicate that it should be the first man they see; others specify a man that is designated, or the brother’s of the deceased man. If the woman does not, it is believed that harm will come to her children. This act is considered a cleansing ritual. The belief is that this sexual encounter rids the evil spirits that surround death, which the widow has been exposed to in her husband’s passing. When you consider the prevalence of AIDS in countries that hold these beliefs, it is easy to see how this ritual is not only disturbing but also potentially life threatening, if AIDS is contracted.

In some other countries, generally in parts of Africa or India but also in parts of Asia, a widow may be forced to perform other kinds of rituals, too. Some widows have to drink the water used to clean the dead body of their husband. In some places, widows are forbidden from bathing for months on end, with no exceptions. This practice is not only unhygienic, but it may actually cause health problems. Skin diseases often occur as a result, as can issues such as gastroenteritis and typhoid. Some widows are required to sit on a mat, completely naked, and cry and scream at specified times. Some widows are prohibited from feeding themselves and must rely on others to feed them, which often results in malnourishment. Many customs include making the widow appear to be disheveled, raggedy, and unappealing.

Once a woman’s husband dies, she may be refused her inheritance, and her land rights may be stripped from her. Often times, widows are forced out of their homes, physically, mentally, or sexually abused, and sometimes even killed as a result of their husband dying. If the widow hopes to escape the discrimination and exclusion of being a widow, they may have to remarry a male relative of her late husband. Sometimes, a widow may be forced to do this, whether she agrees or not. From culture to culture, one thing remains consistent in the mistreatment of widows, and the social attitudes that encourage the mistreatment, and that is that widows are shamed for the death of their husband. The rituals and rites forced upon widows may vary by region, but all of the women who have lost their husbands in nations who mistreat widows are made to feel ashamed, dishonored, and degraded.

Children of widows also face great hardships. Because their mothers are socially and economically ostracized, many children who just suffered the loss of their father are forced to quit school and find jobs to support the family. Girls are particularly vulnerable in these circumstances because they may be forced to work in prostitution, they may be forced into an early child marriage, they may be trafficked, and they may be sold. Widowed mothers do this not because they want to, but because they cannot take care of them. Sometimes, even though child marriage is disgusting, the child will have a food, water, clothes and shelter if they become a child bride. As horrible as the decision is, it may be the best option and chance for survival. The majority of the time, children are withdrawn from school to go to work immediately. Child labor is sometimes the only source of income in families where the father/husband has died. These children forced into child labor never return to school, and therefore spend the rest of their lives working jobs to get by. The vast majority will never have gainful employment. Often, this means perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

There is such a profound and engrained sense of stigma for widows in some cultures that women who have lost their husbands sometimes commit suicide, rather than be forced to carry on living with the intense shame and dehumanization that comes with life as a widowed woman. A very large percentage of widows suffer from severe anxiety and depression because of the way they are treated and the poverty they are forced to live in. This kind of depression has terrible ramifications on the children, who are grieving themselves. Children of widowed women are forced to grow up in poverty, many times, despite the status they held or the lifestyle they were accustomed to when their father was alive. The loss of the male head of the household is devastating for all immediate members of his family.

I appreciate you taking the time to read about International Widow’s Day. The plight of widows is a little known fact in the western world. In fact, many census reports, statistical analyses, and population data collection fails to represent them accurately because they become invisible in their culture. It’s an issue that needs addressing, and the first step is to spread the word about what goes on. Losing a husband is difficult in any culture, but I can’t even imagine what it must be like to then spend the rest of your life being shamed for your loss. I’d like to wish all widows a day of peace and fond remembrance today. May their memories always make you smile.

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Personalized Cause began this awareness blog earlier this year because we wanted to do our part to help raise awareness for causes and illnesses that our customers fight. We know that many of our customers have to battle ignorance and misunderstanding about their causes and conditions on a daily basis. We wanted to show our customers that we believe in them, and we believe in the power of awareness to change minds, hearts, and attitudes. We have seen first hand how one custom awareness ribbon can impact an entire community of people. We have been inspired to educate ourselves, and our readers, in hopes of creating a more compassionate culture for our customers and others. I hope you’ll join us again next week for another edition of the awareness blog!

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Happy Father's Day, Dads!

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the awesome guys out there who make this world a safer place for us, one spider or "monster under the bed" at a time. We love and appreciate you.

So, on the last day of Men's Health Week and Father's Day we ask one thing of you, please take care of yourself and address health concerns so that we can keep you in our lives. Have a physical, be honest.

Downplaying symptoms or "not complaining" at your doctor's appointment isn't tough, it's stupid. We will always need our dads, so try to stick around.

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National Wear Blue Day

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Finn/Charlie Brown is wearing blue, and so should you!

Hey everybody! Thanks so much for checking back with us throughout the week. I know that I’ve been posting quite a few awareness blog entries this week, and I just want to reassure you that it won’t be this busy every week. We have a few awareness observances this week that we thought should all get some attention, so we kicked it up a notch, in order to be comprehensive. One of the most important health observances of this week is the subject for this post, actually. Today is part two of the Men’s Health Week awareness blog post. We couldn’t fit all the information into one, so we’ve broken it up into two. This post will pick up where we left off earlier in the week where we were discussing the top ten biggest killers of men. It’s important for both men and women to be informed about the risks men face so that we can all make an effort to prevent them from taking someone we love.

Today is Wear Blue Day, which is observed on the Friday of every Men’s Health Week. The purpose of Wear Blue Day is to encourage men to seek regular check ups and screening in order to prevent illness. It is also a day used to raise awareness for men’s health issues and raise money to fund research and treatment. The point of men’s health week is to help men live longer, healthier lives. I just want to reiterate a point I made in the first post, because it’s an important issue regarding Men’s Health. There is a tendency for men in this country to not be completely honest or upfront with their doctors about things that are bothering them because they are trying to appear tough. This is so incredibly dangerous! Doctors do not care whatsoever if you are tough, but they do care about whether or not anything may be wrong with your health. If you downplay symptoms or concerns then you are increasing the likelihood that it will continue to get worse and cause more serious problems long term. Early detection is the key to a long life of health. If you don’t treat things early on, like high blood pressure for example, then you will be putting yourself at risk for very serious consequences. The time to treat your health concerns is not after something has already happened, but instead to treat it before so that something bad never happens.

Okay, done. Let’s get to the good stuff, yes? Picking up where we left off…

The number six cause of death is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of conditions relating to the decrease in cognitive function, one of which is Alzheimer’s. Dementia develops as the result of damaged neuropathways. Damaged nerve cells within the brain no longer function as they used to, and begin to die. The death of these damaged nerve cells causes cognition to decrease, as the function of the brain decreases. This may cause a decline in memory, a change in behavior and sometimes even a change in personality, and it inhibits the ability to think clearly. You may notice unusual confusion, or abrupt loss of train of thought. You may also notice that the person becomes more easily flustered, frustrated, or agitated by things that would not have caused a problem before. Typically, short-term memory loss is the first indication of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. With Alzheimer’s, the death of neurons will continue until it eventually prevents the brain from carrying out life-sustaining functions, such as breathing. In end stages, patients will require round-the-clock medical attention as they become bed-bound and dependent on life-sustaining machines. Alzheimer’s is ultimately a terminal disease. There are roughly 5.4 million people in America with Alzheimer’s, 200,000 of which were diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s (before the age of 65). Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured or prevented entirely. Reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease can greatly improve your risk for developing Alzheimer’s, as can staying mentally fit with activities such as reading, exercise, learning, playing an instrument, and games like crossword puzzles or scrabble.

The seventh leading cause of death is Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar and maintain normal levels. This causes hyperglycemia, or high levels of glucose in the blood, which damages the body over time. Consistent hyperglycemia leads to tissue damage in the nerves, blood vessels, eyes, and other tissues in the body. When we eat, our bodies turn a large percentage of our food into glucose. Glucose is a vital source of energy that is required by the body to function. All of our cells and organs need glucose to be healthy. When someone has diabetes, there is a build up of glucose in the blood because either the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or the body can not use the insulin produced by the pancreas as well as it should be able to. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps glucose enter our cells. The inability to get the glucose into the cells effectively causes the buildup of glucose in the blood, which causes high blood sugar. Results of diabetes include blindness, poor circulation (sometimes leading to amputation), kidney failure, heart disease, and nerve damage. About 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is adult onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or significantly delayed by maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet.

The eighth cause of death is the flu and pneumonia. For most people, the flu is just an uncomfortable inconvenience that they have to face when the weather gets cold. We do our best to avoid it, but chances are that we will be exposed to the seasonal flu every year. Influenza (the flu) is an extremely contagious viral infection, which is often transmitted through a cough or sneeze, or direct contact. Chances are, you’ve had the flu more than once. The reason we suffer from the flu annually, instead of having it once and developing immunity against it in the future, is because there are many different kinds of the flu. There are three families of the flu: A, B, and C. There are many strains of each type, and the virus evolves continually, making our immunity to a previous flu irrelevant. Most healthy people recover from the flu in a few days to weeks, but babies, seniors, and those with a suppressed immune system are at high risk for complications from the flu. One of the most common complications from the flu is pneumonia. Pneumonia can become very serious, and even deadly. Wit pneumonia, the lungs fill with fluid, and prevent oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Without adequate oxygen circulation, cells cannot function and may die, causing organ failure and death. You can significantly increase your chances of not getting the flu by getting a flu shot every year, maintaining good hygiene, and avoiding people or places that have been exposed to the virus. The ninth cause of death is kidney disease. Kidney disease is comprised of nephrotic syndrome, nephritis and nephrosis. Chronic kidney disease damages the kidneys and prevents them from filtering blood as well as healthy kidneys. When the kidneys cannot filter the blood well, waste and toxins in the blood stream build up and begin to damage the body. While kidney disease is common, awareness for kidney disease is dangerously low. Because awareness is so low, many people have kidney disease without realizing it. Roughly 26 million people in America have kidney disease, and less than half of the people with the most severe stage of kidney disease even know that their kidneys are damaged. Lack of awareness is likely a large component of why it is so deadly, since people cannot treat and manage what they do not know they have. Chronic kidney disease risk increases with age, particularly after the age of 50, with most patients over the age of 70. To reduce your risk of kidney disease, always follow instructions for medications, including over the counter medicines, do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and treat other medical conditions.

The tenth leading cause of death is suicide. Suicide is major issue in the United States. Risk factors for suicide vary by demographic, but common risk factors include: Depression, mental illness, substance abuse or addiction, family history of suicide, victims of physical violence, victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse, owning firearms, prior incarceration, exposure to suicide by peers or family members, and prior suicide attempts. Having these risk factors does not necessarily mean that someone is suicidal. Some people have many of these risk factors but are not suicidal, and some people have none of these risk factors but are suicidal. Things to look for in assessing whether someone may be suicidal include: talking about wanting to die or commit suicide, researching how to commit suicide, discussing feelings of hopelessness or apathy, feelings of worthlessness, feeling trapped, feeling like you cannot bear the pain any longer, feeling like a burden, feeling you have nothing to live for, behaving recklessly, engaging in high risk behaviors, increased substance use or abuse, not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much, isolation, withdrawal from normal activities and relationships, and extreme mood swings. If you think someone you know may be showing signs that they are planning to commit suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; it’s free and it’s confidential. They also have an online chat on their website if talking over the phone isn’t your thing.

Thank you for reading! I know this post is a little heavy, but the only way to prevent these things from happening is to be aware of them. The next post will be a little lighter, I promise. See you next time!

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