Blue September

Blue September

If you haven’t heard of Blue September yet, don’t worry. Throughout September, we’re going to be seeing and hearing a lot about this cancer prevention campaign, which aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer among men. It also aims to raise funds for treatment and equipment which can help to combat this devastating illness.

A vast majority of the funds raised during the Blue September campaign this year will be donated to The Urology Foundation. This centre campaigns for further education and advocates for research into the treatment and management of prostrate, bladder, and kidney cancer.

Of course, when it comes to cancer awareness; every month counts. However, singling out September each year is a great way to get the message out there and get men to focus on the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.


What is Blue September?

The Blue September campaign was first launched in New Zealand as a cancer awareness initiative back in 2008. The following year, Blue September was picked up in Australia and became a popular fundraising event all over the country. In the years since then, Blue September has spread around the world and is set to be bigger than ever in 2016.

But – what exactly is Blue September? Put simply, it is one month out of the year during which every Friday is known as Blue Friday, a day dedicated to talking about, checking for signs, and raising funds for prostate cancer.

Blue has always been associated with men and masculinity, so it’s easy to see why blue was selected as the colour to represent men’s cancer awareness for the month of September. One of the most popular forms of fundraising for this campaign is blue face paint. So, if you see people out and about with blue streaks on their face this September, it’s likely that they are helping to raise awareness and money to lower the mortality rates of prostate cancer.

The more the Blue September message gets out there, the more men will learn the importance of regularly getting checked out for prostate cancer and of speaking to their doctor about any concerns they may have. This is why it’s great news that plenty of companies are getting behind the campaign, not just individual people. The NHS, Royal College of General Practitioners and The Premiership League (particularly football clubs, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur) are just a few of the big name brands which have come out in support of the cause.


Why you should get involved

The main purpose of Blue September is to create a fun and upbeat way of dealing with a very serious issue. Prostate cancer is, by far, the most common cause of cancer in men. In Great Britain alone, more than 40,000 cases are diagnosed every year. It is particularly prevalent in men with a hereditary predisposition to the disease and in men over the age of 40.

Early detection is an essential part of successfully treating prostate cancer. Unfortunately, many men aren’t aware of just how important it is to take preventative action with their lifestyle choices or to get themselves checked out by their GP. This lack of awareness is a contributing factor to the extremely high mortality rates associated with the illness. A man dies once every 15.6 minutes from prostate cancer.

This is exactly why it’s so important that the world works together to take on prostate cancer. If you get involved with Blue September, you can be a part of the change in knowledge, information and funding that could turn these statistics around. You don’t have to do anything huge, or even paint your face blue, to be a part of the Blue September campaign. There are plenty of small ways to help out too.


How can you get involved?

Blue September is taking place in countries all around the world, including Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Check out the official Facebook page to find out if any events are happening near you. If you can’t find anything going on, then you could start your own fundraising page, host an event or simply make a donation.

However you choose to support the Blue September cause, spreading the message could potentially save some lives, so make sure you get involved.