This year, 2021, has been a hopeful yet challenging one for many health care professionals and patients. To show support for those living with and caring for someone with prostate cancer, Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA), a Novartis company, has again initiated their Hope Is Like Air pinwheel campaign to raise awareness in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Movember. Our goal is to encourage people to display the pinwheels in their communities and on social media from September through November to raise awareness and start conversations.
“Like the air we breathe, hope is essential for cancer patients and their loved ones,” said Rachel Levine, Global Head of Communication and Patient Advocacy. “Through the Hope Is Like Air pinwheels, we want to show our support for the millions of men with prostate cancer and their caregivers and families as they navigate the challenges of the disease all while dealing with a worldwide pandemic.”
If you would like to have your own pinwheel, click here for a do-it-yourself (DIY) pinwheel and show your support for prostate cancer awareness! Share your pinwheel photos with others and spread awareness!
About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men worldwide. Risk for the disease increases with age, for men who are Black, and for those who have a family history.
Symptoms can vary and some men do not experience any symptoms; therefore, screening is important. The standard screening procedure is a PSA blood test, which measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) protein in the blood.
For men whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body, PSA should not be the only biomarker to check. PSMA, prostate-specific membrane antigen, is an important biomarker and is found in more than 80% of men with prostate cancer. PSMA can tell you where your metastatic prostate cancer is progressing and where in your body it has spread.
You can visit www.scanforpsma.com and talk to your doctor to learn more about PSMA.