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I last wrote about breast cancer in my informal “medical series” here on the blog so, to be fair, I’ll now address prostate cancer. Unlike the enthusiastic pink-banner-waving breast warriors-of-awareness, prostate cancer’s agents of information fly below the radar with little hoopla, few public endorsements, and no ribbon brigades. But statistically, prostate cancer is just as prevalent as breast cancer and results in about 30,000 deaths annually.

But how about a bit of good news to start? Most guys are familiar with the “probing finger” method of prostate examination, but how many have heard of the PSA blood test that can also be used? Ideally, the American Cancer Society suggests they be used in conjunction to help identify prostate issues, and generally only after age 50. But, fellas, there’s our loophole; you have the right to request the blood test and forego the finger.

Now, back the issue at hand (no pun intended). Prostate cancer, like many other cancers, increases in probability with age. Roughly two-thirds of cases are diagnosed in men 65 and older. And whereas a 40 year old man has only a 0.01% chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, a man aged 75 has a 12.5% chance. Which, incidentally, is twice the odds of a woman the same age being diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, from age 55 on, men are at a higher probability of prostate cancer than women of the same age are of breast cancer. And over the course of a lifetime, men are over 30% more likely to develop prostate cancer than women are breast cancer. I don’t recall seeing any blue ribbons for that in the New Yorker.

And although men make up less than half of the country’s population, they are more likely to develop cancer of any major class but one. Digestive cancer? More prevalent in men. Respiratory cancer? Men. Bone, skin, brain? Men. Lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia? Still men. The only major class not led by men is cancers of the endocrine system, involving hormones. (And I dare say most men could offer an explanation for why women are number one in that.)

So I think we should begin a blue-ribbon brigade, to save the men. They are a minority in the populace, suffer a shorter average life span than women, and are at higher risk for debilitating disease. If that doesn’t deserve a ribbon, I don’t know what does. But I don’t think we can rely on super-aid-celebrities like Bono to go waving any flags for the cause (mostly because I think he needs to grow a pair first), so men, take a stand for yourselves. Wave your own banners and be your own warriors-of-awareness. And women, if you support the pink ribbon then you need to support the blue one, too. We have to fight for equal rights, equal awareness, and equal funding together, breasts and prostates alike.

Go blue!!

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A little bit of the old Flickr to break up these unending words…

My thanks those who provided the photos: 1. there’s no freedom, 2. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”, 3. sam (san rafael), 4. Child Hiding, 5. the hidden key III, 6. hard worker, 7. ~ You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Thank You, Paul McCartney, John Lennon & Eddie Vedder), 8. 24/365 – Can’t Cry Hard Enough, 9. Rejoyce over touch

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How about some photos to easy the wearied mind? Courtesy of Flickr, a bit of respite.

Happy Valentine’s day.

1. No limit for the frost
2. details
3. how, why, when, where?
4. Why I Write
5. Why me?
6. Day 97: Why?
7. Why if?…
8. Why?
9. Why am I here?

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Enough with all the words for the moment.  Here’s a random assortment of photos courtesy of Flickr peeps with autumn colors in mind.  Let them take the place of all those worrisome thoughts that have been bugging you all week.  Relax.  Enjoy.

1. Wing of Fall`en Angel, 2. Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly – White Mountains Arizona, 3. Baby Tornado, 4. Wilder Wein ( HDR ), 5. my veins run like the river amazon, 6. Would you like to make a phone call?, 7. Orange and decrepit, with reflections, 8. The sixty four brick flickr page! Please leave a note., 9. foiled I, 10. My Hand, 11. Straight as a Red Arrow, 12. christina braun, butoh dancer

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