Why Prostate Cancer is an Orphan Disease
Despite the efforts of many organizations like the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, MaleCare, Zero, and others, prostate cancer remains what we call an “orphan” disease.
By this we mean that prostate cancer gets some attention, but not the attention it needs to deal effectively with the disease. There are more new cases of prostate cancer each year than breast cancer, but there are hundreds of events each year raising awareness and funds for breast cancer, while prostate cancer is largely ignored.
Here are just a few data points:
- In 2008, over 70 American corporations gave $200,000 + each in support of Breast Cancer awareness, education and research. During the same period, only a fraction, 6 COMPANIES, gave this amount to fight Prostate Cancer.
- For every $100 donated by individuals to Breast Cancer only $4 is donated to Prostate Cancer.
- In 2008, 30,000+ companies raised $5 million for Breast Cancer – NOTHING FOR PROSTATE CANCER – by allowing their employees to wear denim to work on just one day.
- The largest grassroots effort – Race for the Cure – has raised over $1 Billion for Breast Cancer Awareness during the last 20 years, half of it in the last five years.
- Twice as many Federal Grant dollars go to Breast Cancer Research than to Prostate Cancer.
Who are Prostate Cancer’s Unsung Heros?
But there are men and women working tirelessly to bring prostate cancer to the forefront of public attention and fighting for vital research dollars to defeat this disease. They just never seem to receive any recognition.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Project Hall of Fame
Beginning this September, the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project will induct one notable prostate cancer fighter into the Prostate Cancer Awareness Hall of Fame.
Please contact us with your nominations and watch this blog and our Twitter feed for news about the 2011 inductee.