On June 16th 2013, Insane Boot Camp (IBC) will be hosting a 10K Fitness Run/Walk to create awareness for Prostate Cancer, under the auspices of the Man Up Prostate Cancer Non Profit Foundation a new organization formed to focus primarily on the fight against prostate cancer.
Though primarily a fitness group specializing in boot camp style workouts, Insane Boot Camp is also an organization with a humanitarian agenda. Over the past year, we have partnered and supported many other fitness and health initiatives in Antigua, however, having examined the health landscape in Antigua; we notice that there is a need for more awareness and discussion regarding prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the developing world and the first in Antigua and Barbuda; with African American men having higher rates of getting and dying from prostate cancer. Yet support and resources pledged to prostate cancer is outnumbered by ten to one in most cases.
Caribbean men are developing aggressive prostate cancer at an alarming high pace; in fact one of eight of our men will develop this cancer. In addition, our prostate cancer mortality rate is more than twice as high as the rate for white males.
Prostate cancer is not only a health problem, it is also attacking the very fabric of our society, since in many cases males are the breadwinner in the family, dealing with this disease can erode a family’s financial stability, and in many cases families are left ill equipped to handle the financial and emotional strain created by this vicious disease.
Creating awareness and education our people, particularly our men are the first stage in the fight against this disease. Our intent is the empower males in our society to become their own advocates by getting regular screenings, living healthier lifestyles with a focus on diet and exercise.
With this in mind, we invite you to partner with us in our fight against prostate cancer! By supporting this drive, you will identify yourself as one that is committed to promoting healthier lifestyles through preventative measures.
Prostate Cancer is killing our men – what will you do to prevent it?
Please do not hesitate to contact me at 725 5534 with any questions or concerns. For more information, check-out the Facebook event's page here.