More than 3.1 million Americans are living with prostate cancer, a condition that affects more than 1 in 8 males in their lifetime. A cancer diagnosis can be scary, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the effects of the disease, the progress that has been made in research, and the future of treatment. It is a time to build a community that celebrates survivors and connect with other people affected by the disease.

We take a closer look at six organizations that are working to support people living with cancer, including the resources and ways to get involved.

Language matters

Sex and gender are on the spectrum. The article uses the terms men and males to refer to sex assigned at birth. Your gender identity may not match how your body responds to this disease.

The Urology Care Foundation is an organization that advocates for people living with all urological conditions, including prostate cancer. This group is a division of the American Urological Association. It provides support for research programs and clinical trials aimed at improving the lives of people with prostate cancer.

The foundation works to improve access to quality care.

You can get involved with the foundation by donating money through their website or by subscribing to their magazine online.

The organization also offers an educational cookbook for people with urologic cancers. It includes recipes from celebrity chefs and encourages people to share their experiences with the cookbook on social media.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a nonprofit organization that funds research on the prevention, detection, and treatment of prostate cancer. According to the website, 82 cents of every dollar donated to PCF goes toward prostate cancer research projects.

PCF has a collection of resources for people living with cancer and their caregivers.

  • educational materials
  • Financial resources.
  • Clinical trial information.
  • There are connections to support groups.

There are a number of ways to get involved with PCF. You can donate money or help spread awareness by participating in events like 5K fundraisers and golf tournaments. A full list of the programming for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and beyond can be found on PCF’s website.

ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit focused on providing resources for people living with prostate cancer and their families.

The organization uses over 85 cents of every dollar donated to fund programming and activities to fight prostate cancer and increase awareness. ZERO has allocated:

  • $110 million for research on cancer.
  • Grants for local organizations for cancer research.
  • People with cancer have debt relief.

ZERO has many ways to get involved and contribute. Zero gives tips on how to increase awareness of the disease using social media. The nonprofit has resources to help you act as an advocate in your community.

ZERO hosts local and regional events for raising money for cancer research.

Find out more about their fundraising and volunteer opportunities on ZERO’s website.

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) is a nonprofit that provides educational support for people and families affected by prostate cancer in order to help them understand the most recent research on the disease. PCRI uses 87 cents of every dollar donated for prostate cancer services.

The majority of the resources from the institute are focused on education. There are online materials on research and trials for the disease. The institute has a phone number that will connect you to a staff member who can answer questions.

There are a number of online and in-person events for people to learn more about the disease.

All of the resources and information about events, as well as contact information for local support groups and donation information, can be found on the PCRI website.

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is a nonprofit organization that specifically focuses on reducing disparities in prostate cancer among Black men. Compared with other groups, Black men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and to die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

PHEN believes that it will benefit the community of survivors of prostrate cancer if it supports Black men with the disease.

PHEN has a variety of resources to support people with cancer.

  • The PHEN network is a survival network.
  • There are online educational resources.
  • A monthly newsletter about new research.
  • An annual rally for fathers.
  • There are initiatives to reduce the incidence of cancer.

The PHEN website has more information about the mission and ways to get involved.

Many states have a local coalition that helps provide information about nearby resources for people and caregivers affected by the disease. These organizations help advocate for better research and support at the state level.

The National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions (NASPCC) helps coordinate these local organizations and works to support their missions at the national level. The NASPCC also offers educational resources on prostate cancer and an online support group led by an oncology social worker.

Visit the NASPCC website for more information on how to contact your state prostate cancer coalition.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and it is a great time to get more involved with organizations supporting people and communities affected by the disease.

Donations can help support educational programs, but there are many other ways to get involved.

There are many ways to help raise awareness about the disease and improve the lives of those who have it.