Nearly 5,000 men get prostate cancer annually in Norway. In November, men and cancer receive extra attention thanks to the Blue Bow campaign.
The action is being organized this year for the third year in a row, in solidarity with those affected.
– “Prostate cancer affects too many men, and the scope is constantly increasing. That’s why it’s important to place a Blue Rib on your chest in November, to show that we care about all those affected by prostate cancer,” says Secretary General Anne Lise Ryel of the Cancer Society.
The action is a collaboration between the Cancer Society and the Prostate Cancer Society, where the main goal is to spread more knowledge about the cancer.
– “We find that many people know too little and would rather not share as much about the disease. Some will also avoid treatment for fear of the consequences. We need more information and greater openness about prostate cancer,” says chairman Hans-Fredrik Donjem of the Prostate Cancer Association.
There are about 52,000 men who have survived prostate cancer in Norway today. Many of them experience problems with urination and sexual life. Such challenges can be difficult to talk about, but the more openness there is in general in the population, the better it will be for the individual.
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the bladder or prostate, which is located just below the urinary bladder in men.
Around one in eight men will have prostate cancer detected in their lifetime. To be the cancer that affects most Norwegians, there is too little research in Norway, according to the Cancer Society.
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