BENEFITING: Prostate Cancer Foundation
Dear Family and Friends,
This is a service project that I am working on for my upcoming Bar Mitzvah.
When I was around age six, my father Glen Smith was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A couple years later, his brother David was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily, both cases were caught early because they had each been proactively checking their Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) through a simple blood test.
Prostate cancer is an underpublicized health concern. Men are 35% more likely to get prostate cancer than women are to get breast cancer. Every 2 ½ minutes, a new case of prostate cancer is discovered. A man with a father or brother who has had prostate cancer under the age of 60 is twice as likely to get it.
Prostate cancer is generally thought of as a condition mainly suffered by - and quite common in - men over 65 years of age. In fact, there is a saying that “most men die with prostate cancer than of prostate cancer.” However, prostate cancer can be fatal if it goes untreated in younger men.
My mitzvah project has both community service and fund raising components:
Community Service - I would like help raise awareness for men to have their PSA checked early. Many physicians do not recommend PSA testing until after the age of 50. (My dad was in his mid-forties when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it would have gone unnoticed if he had not been getting his PSA tested.) Men, next time you get a blood test, ask your doctor to include a PSA screening.
Fund Raising - Sadly, my brother, my cousin and I will all be considered high-risk for getting prostate cancer at a younger age due to our family history. I would like to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to help fund new prostate cancer research. To learn more about PCF and to give a tax-deductible donation, please visit my page at www.crowdrise.com/max-smith-mitzvah-project .
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about prostate cancer. I hope that all men will get their PSA tested and will greatly appreciate your contribution to PCF.