Tips on ways you can help raise awareness about bladder cancer
Bladder cancer is one cancer that doesn't garner a lot of media attention. Hopefully that will begin to change. Thanks to the efforts of Florida Congressman Tom Rooney, July 17th has been designated National Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. The American Bladder Cancer Society is thrilled that the national spotlight will now begin to shine on bladder cancer, a disease that affects more than a half million people in the U.S. who are surviving or living with bladder cancer.
The American Bladder Cancer Society is using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread the word and raise awareness about the disease. They say that in particular women and firefighters are at higher risk. In women, bladder cancer is as common and more deadly than cervical cancer. And for firefighters, they are an occupational group twice as likely to develop bladder cancer.
We encourage you to join the fight by marking July 17th on your calendar. The American Bladder Cancer Society makes these suggestions of ways you can help raise awareness:
Join their Facebook page and spread the word about bladder cancer to your friends
Volunteer to deliver brochures to doctor’s offices and cancer centers in your city
Join their Advocacy Working Group
For more information about these suggestions and National Bladder Cancer Awareness Day, click here.
For more information about the signs, symptoms and treatment of bladder cancer, visit our bladder cancer information page, here.