In November, not only in Lithuania, but also throughout Europe, it aims to prevent prostate cancer. This year, three organizations met to achieve a common goal of raising male issues to speak louder and engage as many citizens as possible in active prostate cancer activities. One of the highlights is the November Uava Runaway event for men, not just for men.
Prostate cancer in Europe is diagnosed today at the level of 450,000 men. The number of prostate cancer symptoms diagnosed in Lithuania is up to 500. In the initial stages, clustering does not show any obvious symptoms, therefore men are encouraged to perform a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, even when they feel great.
Pauls Rakštys, head of Prostate Cancer Treatment Society, believes that prostate cancer is diagnosed more often at a younger age, which is why not only older men should worry about their health.
"Previously, due to this disease, it was necessary to check at the age of 50. Today, prostate cancer research should be carried out for over 40 years. Especially for those whose family members have cancer" – says P. Rakštys.
Every year in November, various activities are organized to encourage men to take PSA tests, without fear of talking about prostate cancer and encouraging them to look after their relatives.
This year, three organizations – Prostate Cancer Society, Bearded November and escape from the US – have joined forces to increase awareness of prostate cancer prevention this year.
The latter organized the finale of the bearded November event for the fourth year in a row, which began with a race of friends and grew up to the annual tradition with the participation of over one hundred participants.
"In March, all marathons are over, people are less moving, so we thought it was a great time to breed rabbits and mustaches and spend an hour on the last Sunday of the month running. The key idea is that if you find time to come on This event, you can spend an hour and visit the doctor the next day – says Modest Bacys, one of the organizers of Usa Running.
The interest in this event is growing every year. This year's route is being prepared in the Botanical Garden of the University of Vilnius, where on November 25. It is predicted that it will attract as many as 500 participants. The initiative is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies Ipsen and Sanofi.
Not only men, but also women and children are invited to the "Ufa Running" party. "We're waiting for everyone who can spread the word about prostate cancer in a circle of relatives." In the end, women and children can persuade the family to do research, "says Bacys.