In June 2012, I was set to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. As the commander of an Army unit, I was responsible for ensuring my soldiers were ready. I myself was prepared, as I had been for every deployment. And then came the one thing I couldn't prepare for: cancer.
We saw that the breast cancer movement was gaining momentum at a staggering pace, but noticed there was nothing for any men's health issue. When we did a bit of research into the health issues that effect men, it was surprising to learn that the incident rates of prostate cancer were comparable to rates of breast cancer in women. But there was, and still is, a huge gap between the two causes in terms of awareness and funding.
It is for all of the wonderful men in my life that I am raising my voice about a disease that affects more than two million American men and remains the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the U.S. We can make a difference with the progress of finding better treatments and ultimately, a cure.