One month after the demise of Bra Hugh, another male icon, has been lost to colon cancer, Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years.
On the 10th of February, the SA Proteas come out in pink at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium to raise awareness for breast cancer. The wave of pink by the male cricketers together with the fans on the ground created an encouraging sight and feeling as the country came out united to heighten the awareness of this cause. Pink Day was a huge success as it raised the most funds to date, an excess of R1.68 million as well as a further R52 500 on ‘‘pink cancer bracelet’’ sales. This demonstrates the power of a collective and what can easily be achieved with a focused intention. With Pink Day in its seventh year, the Proteas coincidently have never lost while wearing the colour pink.
With pink being the colour that symbolises breast cancer, embedded into our consciousness, my observation is that the awareness of men’s cancer is noticeably less engaged.
When thinking of men’s cancer, the first one which comes to mind is prostate. Is prostate strictly for men? Yes, as ONLY men over the age of 40 years old have prostates.
As a woman, who have loved ones over 40 (as most of us do), many questions come to mind.
Where does one go for testing? What are the symptoms? What are the preventative measures? Where is this all communicated?
As men are driving breast cancer awareness using sport as the unifier, perhaps the time has come for women to drive the awareness of prostate cancer.
Whilst researching campaigns that raise awareness for men’s health I came across Movember month. This campaign occurs in November, where men grow their moustaches to raise awareness of testicle and prostate cancer.
An expert from the campaign reads: STOP MEN DYING TOO YOUNG: ” Men continue to face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They’re dying too young. But the efforts you made during Movember are helping us change that – so men can live happier, healthier, longer lives.
So my question is; could we get the women’s sports events to start this much needed campaign possibly to heighten the awareness of men’s health?
written by Rayana Edwards
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