by Pete Davignon
reprinted with permission from Senior Softball News
CAN-Sirs Continues Awareness and Prevention Programs
Winter 2016 Edition
CAN-Sirs as a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cancer awareness and prevention among senior softball players has grown over the past five years. We have stressed the importance of good health. These same health concerns can be applied to preventing heart attack and stroke.
CAN-Sirs calls on players who have a history of cancer to make themselves available to share their story, encourage fellow players to make themselves aware of signs and symptoms, or just listen and offer encouragement.
Senior Softball USA recognizes that cancer affects thousands of men over the age of 50. These men often have a difficult time talking about health concerns even with their doctors and are slow to report problems. This attitude decreased the chances of an early detection which can result in more aggressive treatment and increased risks. For that reason, SSUSA has supported and participated in the cancer awareness program.
Better Health Choices Lessens Cancer Risk
According to the American Cancer Society nearly 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2016. People over 50 are at an increased risk of developing cancer regardless of family history and more than half of all new cancer diagnoses affect seniors over 65. It is critical that seniors learn about the disease, symptoms, and treatment.
Medical advances are continuing to make extraordinary improvements in early detection, treatment and survivability of most forms of cancer. Often the cancer can be completely eradicated or successfully controlled. Survival rates for all cancers is improving every year primarily because of advancements is diagnosis and treatment.
Overall, prostate cancer death rates decreased by 3.5 percent per year from 2003 to 2012. These declines are due to improvements in early detection and treatment. The majority (92 percent) of prostate cancers are discovered at a local or regional stage, for which the five-ear relative survival rate approaches 100 percent. Over the past 25 years, the five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined has increased from 68 to 99 percent, some of which is due to the early detection of the disease. According to the most recent data, 10- and 15-year relative survival rates are 98 and 95 percent respectively.
The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20 percent of cancers that occur in the United States are due to the combined effects of excess alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, excess weight and lack of medical checkups.
Known risk factors for cancer include age, exposure to carcinogenic substances, tobacco use, U/V rays, alcohol use, family genetics, obesity and poor diet. It is our hope that senior players will look to their teammates and competitors who volunteer to the CAN-Sirs team for support and information to better help themselves and find the necessary resources for early detection and prevention of cancer.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the CAN-Sirs website at www.can-sirs.org. Your financial support is welcome. You can donate through PayPal or 2485 Notre Dame Blvd #370-180, Chico, CA 95928.