Prostate cancer awareness: Blue Friday takes place September 14

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Blue September, an international prostate cancer campaign, is reminding people everywhere to partake in their awareness event, Blue Friday, on September 14.

Blue Friday, sponsored by the healthy nut company California Walnuts, is a prostate cancer awareness movement calling upon people to wear blue clothing or paint their faces blue to show support for prostate cancer victims and hopefully remind men over the age of 40 to go in for regular prostate exams.

According to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center oncologist Dr. Howard Sandler, a man dies from prostate cancer every 15 minutes. In 2011, prostate cancer claimed the lives of over 33,000 men, and over 2 million men live with the disease today.

Thankfully, with early detection from regular prostate exams, death from prostate cancer can be prevented.

'Scrubs' star Donald Faison is showing his support for Blue Friday this September, and encouraging others to do the same.

“I will be affected in some way in my life by prostate cancer, whether it is me, a brother, or a friend – it is bound to happen,” says Faison. “Everyone around the age of 40 should have a conversation with their doctor about their prostate and get it checked.”

Other celebrities, such as Anthony LaPaglia and his wife and actress Gia Carides, are raising awareness for the campaign as well.

“I think a lot of men try to avoid talking about prostate cancer and getting checked,” Lapaglia says. “I avoided getting checked for a long time but then realized it was not a wise thing to do. Putting blue paint on my face is me facing up to prostate cancer, and I think it’s time all men faced up.”

For more information about prostate cancer or the Blue Friday event, click here.

Julia Fortney | email
Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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