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Gabe Canales
Gabe Canales was diagnosed at age 35 with prostate cancer. He is a passionate cancer-prevention advocate, is the founder of the Blue Cure Foundation, a lifestyle movement educating men, young and old, about prostate cancer and chronic disease prevention.


Entries by Gabe Canales

Talking to College Guys About Cancer Prevention and Men's Health Issues

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 6:32 PM


I recently spoke to One Army, a young men's college organization at Texas A&M University, about what's wrongly considered strictly an "old man's disease" and how I use leadership to make a difference through a nonprofit I founded after...

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My TEDTalk for February's Cancer Prevention Month

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:37 PM

For millions of Americans, cancer can be stopped before it's cured -- stopped by prevention. Recently, I spoke at TEDxHouston on cancer prevention strategies to save lives now. It's a provocative perspective meant to be a conversation starter. And now that it's National Cancer Prevention Month, I invite you to join me by viewing this video. And please add your comments when you're done....

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Cancer Prevention on Mount Kilimanjaro

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:26 PM


Recently my good friend Ethan Etzel and four of his friends climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Reaching its 19,340-foot summit, they all put on Blue Cure T-shirts over their jackets and captured the moment with a very meaningful, symbolic and powerful picture,...

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Why Are Men in Their 20s and 30s Getting Prostate Cancer?

(18) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Yesterday I read a post on the Blue Cure prostate cancer non-profit Facebook page of a mother beseeching prayers for her son, 35, who's having prostate cancer surgery. This woman, her son and her family are in my thoughts and prayers -- and I can relate, since I,...

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We Can Prevent Cancer Before Curing It

(24) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:08 PM

This year, more than four decades since America launched its "war on cancer," more than 580,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease. That's almost 1,600 moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons -- dead -- per day.

Clearly, that war on cancer -- on defeating it,...

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Using Facebook in the 'War on Cancer' (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 4:44 PM

I was recently invited to Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where I appeared in an interactive Facebook 101 Live (video below). Libby Leffler, Facebook's Strategic Partner Manager focusing on causes & nonprofits, interviewed me, and we discussed how I used Facebook to start the Blue Cure prostate cancer nonprofit....

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The Power of 'Blue' to Fight Prostate Cancer

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 2:43 PM

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and blue is our symbolic color for prostate cancer awareness. This month is an opportunity to put a spotlight on this disease, give men hope, make a difference and save lives. But what does it mean to "raise awareness" of prostate cancer? What...

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'Trash Cancer' With Fran Drescher

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Did you know that in the U.S. one in three women (moms, wives, sisters and daughters) and one in two men (dads, husbands, brothers and sons) will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? Did you also...

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Fight Cancer With Facebook

(12) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:10 PM

How do you value Facebook? For my part, it's helping me get through cancer. And for me, that's invaluable.

Connecting with patients, caregivers, doctors and advocates from across the world, I've received support and knowledge, discovered more options and have become an advocate. It can benefit you too!

In the...

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Prostate Cancer Prevention Begins When Men Are Boys

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 4:48 PM

America's number one "male cancer," prostate cancer, is widely considered an old man's concern. It's not. We're learning more and more about how diet and lifestyle impact males' chances of getting cancer starting at an early age.

The men of tomorrow must be made aware of prostate cancer,...

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Fight Prostate Cancer With Meatless Monday

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 10:48 AM

I've always been a meat and potatoes guy. Growing up, I never ate salads or vegetables with my meals. I just ate burgers, tacos and roast, always with a side of mashed potatoes, French fries or mac and cheese.

And I kept doing that as an adult -- until I...

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Why Men Should Consider an Integrative Approach to Prostate Cancer (Part II)

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 4:31 PM

Click here to read Part I of "Why Men Should Consider an Integrative Approach to Prostate Cancer."


Part II

3. How strong is the link with diet/lifestyle and prostate cancer, and can changes in diet/lifestyle slow tumor growth or...

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Why Men Should Consider an Integrative Approach to Prostate Cancer (Part I)

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 6:05 PM

Early in 2010 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer -- at age 35. With no family history of cancer, I sought the opinions of top doctors in Houston and New York on how to treat my diagnosis. I spent many...

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CyberKnife? 5 Questions on Prostate Cancer With Dr. Jonathan Haas

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Dr. Jonathan A. Haas and I first met last September as guests on New York's WABC Radio, where we discussed prostate cancer awareness, preventative measures, screenings and treatment options. Dr. Haas, M.D., is chief of the radiation...

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'Celts for Blue Cure' to Fight Prostate Cancer -- Will Other Schools Follow?

(6) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 9:34 AM

My alma mater, Houston's University of St. Thomas, may be where my cancer began due to my own poor lifestyle choices. Now it's hosting a men's basketball game against Texas College Feb. 23 as the first annual Celts for Blue Cure, a game to raise awareness of prostate...

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Presidential Politics and 'The War on Cancer'

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 5:35 PM

In many GOP primary debates on many topics, not once have I heard a serious discussion of the No. 1 health-related killer in the world: cancer.

One-half of American men and one-third of American women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, severely impacting our...

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Why You Should 'Go Blue!' to Fight Prostate Cancer

(16) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 12:54 PM

Sure, you've heard of prostate cancer. But how aware of it are you?

Probably not much more than I was when -- after an inadvertent test last year -- I learned that I had prostate cancer. And for those who consider it an "old man's disease," I was 35 years old.

Now I'm making it my mission to raise America's awareness of this disease, which will kill 33,000 American husbands, fathers, sons and brothers this year. I believe we all can help, which is why I launched the Blue Cure Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

It's also why I ardently support September's National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, for which I've produced a special 90-second "Go Blue!" video I urge you to see, either on this page or at

In it, you'll find tips on how to "Go Blue!' so we all can combat men's prostate cancer, much as the "pink" movement has done for women's breast cancer.

You can "wear blue" by donning blue ribbons, neckties or wristbands. You can "network blue" by changing Twitter and Facebook profile pictures to blue squares for a month. And you can "speak blue" by exhorting male friends and relatives to get earlier screenings and adopt healthier lifestyles for food and exercise.

You also can "speak blue" by asking business, government, civic and social leaders to take action. I'm doing that in my hometown of Houston, where City Hall will be bathed in blue light for one week in September to draw more light to a type of cancer that takes the lives of so many American men each year.

You'd think that we'd be beyond this point, yet prostate cancer is still seriously underreported and underfunded. That's despite the fact that over 217,000 American males were diagnosed last year.

I was one of them, so what makes me so special? Well, what makes any of us special? It's because we're human beings -- not statistics. And some of us -- me included -- are fighting back.

The Blue Cure Foundation ( advises men to start getting screened for prostate cancer at age 30, not 40. It also encourages men to adopt healthier lifestyles and supports the research being done to find a cure. Ultimately, the foundation is clamoring for more awareness.

None of us can do this alone. We need collective action, which can come with greater awareness.

That's why this month is so important. If we can't spike awareness during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, when can we? Now is the time. Now we must seize the moment.

Many already have, and I thank such high-profile Blue Cure supporters as actors Fran Drescher, Bob Saget and Sir Roger Moore, model Hope Dworaczyk, former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

But we also need you -- and that's why I'm reaching out.

Please view my "Go Blue!" video and heed its message. The life you ultimately save may be that of a brother, father, son -- or yourself. And if that's not worth our greater awareness, I don't know what...

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An Open Letter to the NFL: Why We Can't Neglect Prostate Cancer

(19) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 7:23 AM


Dear Commissioner Goodell,

In October the National Football League ensured that its many millions of fans saw pink -- the symbolic color for breast cancer awareness. With almost 39,840 women expected to die this year from breast cancer,...

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Prostate Cancer: Not Just an Old Man's Cancer

(19) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 7:00 AM

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer this year at age 35. I thought it was supposed to be an older man's cancer. That's all I knew of this disease -- and that's part of the problem.

This year in America, over 32,000 fathers, husbands, brothers, sons and friends of all...

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