Greetings from Santa Monica, CA! From all of us here at the Prostate Cancer Foundation, we are delighted to write a guest blog post for The Republic of Tea. And it could not come at a better time. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time of year when we reflect on how far we have come in the fight against prostate cancer. Over the past two decades, we have helped reduce the U.S. prostate cancer death rate by more than 50%, and thanks to recent advances, prostate cancer is nearly 100% treatable if detected early. We are especially proud that we have helped deliver 6 new life-extending drugs to patients in just 4 short years.
However, September is also a time when we take a serious inventory of how much more remains to be done. This year, over 220,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 27,000 will die from the disease. Prostate cancer is now the second most common cancer in America, and the 4th most common tumor diagnosed worldwide. We urgently need more treatments that put men with metastatic prostate cancer—an advanced, lethal form of the disease—in permanent remission. Our work is clearly cut out for us.
But we can’t fight this battle alone. We could not be more grateful for our partnership with The Republic of Tea, which has been one of our greatest allies in our fight for good health. Thanks to their support of the PCF Young Investigator Program, two early career scientists are realizing important research that will help put an end to death and suffering from the disease. As of August 28, 2015, The Republic of Tea has donated $575,434.39 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
The Republic of Tea also shares our commitment to good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Here at PCF we enjoy our Blueberry Green Tea over ice during these hot summer days.
This September, take a moment to learn more about prostate cancer by visiting www.manupgetchecked.org. We also encourage you to talk to your fathers, brothers and sons about prostate cancer and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. His health depends on it!