Perhaps the best weapon in the fight against cancer - or any malady, for that matter - is, ironically, the ailment itself.
Those stricken with cancer aren't the only ones combating the disease. Family and friends join the battle, fighting side by side. If it picks on one of us, it picks on all of us.
Case in point: the Reser family.
Tiffin resident Mike Reser not only had the support of family and friends when he took on prostate cancer, he has enlisted them and online assistants (www.facebook.com/The
ProstateCancerAwarenessFund) in raising funds for cancer awareness.
In fact, tonight, Mike's son, Steve - head coach at Gibsonburg - will lead the Golden Bears as they host Lakota during the third annual Prostate Cancer Awareness game.
"All we have to do is tell guys to get tested. If we can get the awareness out there and get people to do their part and get tested, a lot of things after that can be taken care of," coach Reser told one of our sports writers after that first contest.
You see, prostate cancer is the most common type in American men; one in six will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime.
And because the cancer can develop without obvious symptoms, it has been dubbed the "silent killer."
Those are two reasons it's the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men.
But it doesn't have to be.
Nearly 100 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer still are alive five years later. As with most cancers, the earlier it is found, the better. That's why doctors recommend men age 40 and older make an appointment to receive a yearly exam.
Since the use of early detection tests for prostate cancer became relatively common about 20 years ago, the death rate has dropped, according to American Cancer Society reports.
We're all in this together. The cancer may be silent, but we don't have to be. Be aware. Take charge.