There is a men’s health crisis. Men are dying from preventable and treatable cancers – prostate, kidney, testicular, and colon. Problem is, men think they are invincible – thinking they can tough it out, rub some dirt on it. But a simple annual physical with appropriate blood work can help with early detection of these potential killers. Start a new relationship – see your physician annually for a physical and ask for blood work.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and one of the most common cancers. It doesn’t have to be that way. Colon cancer is treatable, but the first challenge is detecting the cancer.
Take the #525Challenge! Men – when you schedule your physical and start a relationship with your doctor, tell us about it! We are keeping score.
What is the #525Challenge?
- See the Doc! See your personal physician for an annual physical.
- Check your blood! Include lab/blood work with your physical.
- Screen for Cancer! Get age appropriate cancer checks for those men’s cancers – prostate, kidney, testicular, and colon.
The 525 Challenge Grant is to assist firefighters and their family members in detection and treatment, primarily for colon cancer, but also for annual physicals, and other cancers. See the 525 Challenge page for details and application. The application may be submitted on behalf of another person in need.
If you have a family history of colon cancer and are under 50 years old, ask your doctor about a low-cost screening such as the fecal occult blood test (FOBT), the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), or guaiac smear test (gFOBIT). These low-cost tests can be a way to determine if you need a colonoscopy.
Take some action #SavingLives! Check in at your doctor’s office on Facebook, tag #525challenge and @brentlewisbridgesfoundation in the post, and publicly challenge your friends and family for a life saving screening. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, put #525Challenge in the subject line, and let us know how it went with your doc.
Click Give on the menu bar above to donate and help bridge the gaps in cancer detection, education, and nutrition. Your money stays local and helps firefighters and their families with preventative screening and resources in the battle with cancer.
Brent’s are some big boots to fill. Let’s carry on his passion in #savinglives.
The Foundation will provide resources to bridge gaps in cancer detection and prevention.