As of 2016, over a million new cases of cancer are reported every year. The two biggest fundraisers in the U.S. – The Pan-Mass Challenge and Pelotonia – raise a total of $58 million for cancer research, but there is hope that a pinch of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, and these heroes are making the pinch more accessible.
Breast and testicular cancers, two of the most prevalent cancers, happen to also be two of the most preventable. Regular self-exams can ensure early detection, making it more likely that cancer can be treated. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), the owner of a considerable pair, beat cancer with a little mad science, but Deadpool knows that a little attention to your own twig and berries could save your life:
As one of the first bisexual, sex-positive comic characters in existence, it is no surprise that Deadpool also did a video for the ladies;
Deadpool is an appropriate spokesman for the cause of early cancer detection, as his own experience with cancer was, well, explosive, but he isn’t the only one to have gotten into the spirit of the season. Back in 2011 superheroines from both DC and Marvel comics got into the act with a PSA put out in Mozambique by Associação da Luta Contra o Cancer (ALCC).
Superheroes aren’t the only ones making a difference when it comes to cancer. Gamers around the U.S. raised $10 million last year with the annual cancer fundraiser Extra Life, which raises money for Children’s Hospitals across the nation, with a considerable amount going to children undergoing expensive cancer treatments.
Cancer is a villain we can all agree needs to go down. With early detection, early treatments, and ongoing research into treatments and cures, Cancer won’t stand a chance. Arm yourself for the battle. Know your risk factors, touch yourself, and visit your doctor once a year to stay on top of your overall health.
Have you given your bits a rub down? Please don’t tell us the details in the comments below, but DO visit us on GEEK FB.
Images: ALCC, DC, Marvel, Fox, bryankremkau