6 posts from September, 2015

Cancer awareness in September: Prostate, ovarian and thyroid

Posted September 29th, 2015 by

September was an awareness month for three types of cancer – prostate, ovarian and thyroid – and the emphasis fell on early detection, something to keep in mind year round.

Man up. Get checked.  #manupgetchecked
This month, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) teamed up with boxing legend Evander Holyfield for a PSA. The PCF also provides helpful guides including questions to discuss with your doctor.

WhyTeal? #TakeActionNotChances
The National Ovarian Coalition sponsors the WhyTeal awareness month for ovarian cancer. For them, raising awareness and promoting education about this disease is crucial in helping women to earlier diagnoses and supporting survivors – making a difference demands taking action.

Get a Neck Check!
With tips, awareness tools and graphics, and video and audio PSAs, the Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association offers enough information for people to stay involved throughout the year.

And don’t forget to stay on top of your own condition – by continuing to add your data and experiences on the PatientsLikeMe site. Every piece of information can help change medicine for the better!

Let’s stay aware, together.

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September is Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

Posted September 28th, 2015 by

If you hadn’t already heard about September being named Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month by The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), there are still two days for you to join in and help spread the word.

What does “global awareness” mean?

Pretty much just what it sounds like. It’s spreading awareness so that everyone around the world knows what PF is. If you’re living with it, you won’t have to explain it to those around you anymore. If you’re not, you’ll have an idea of what those with PF are going through.  And it means that we all make a unified commitment to improve the lives of patients through resources, research, and the development of new treatments.

How can you help?

Global also means everyone. Including you.

There are many ways you can get involved in raising awareness among family, friends, healthcare professionals, colleagues, neighbors, leaders in your community and anyone else in your life through the end of the month. (Hint: You can start by sharing this blog!)

You can “Blue-It-Up” if you want. For this social media challenge, draw attention to PF by putting blue in your hair, wrapping blue ribbon around your trees or visiting a spa for a blue mani-pedi with some friends and then sharing your pictures online with #BlueUp4PF.

Feel free to post your #BlueUp4PF pictures and share your own experiences within the PatientsLikeMe community. We’ll post some of the responses on our Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness.

For more information and ideas on how to participate, visit www.globalpfawareness.org. Thanks for sharing!

Let’s raise awareness, together.

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