Women Share Their Stories of Hope, Love & Loss with Prostate Cancer

Jun 17, 2010, 07:00 ET from Women Against Prostate Cancer

Women Against Prostate Cancer captures women's stories to inspire and educate

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a father, husband, son, friend and family member is diagnosed with prostate cancer, in many cases there will be a wife, daughter or mother there to support him. This Father's Day, we are taking a look at the stories of the women standing by their men.

Women play a crucial role in providing the emotional, physical and mental support a loved one needs when he is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Wives and partners often attend doctor's appointments, take notes, ask questions and can assist in making informed treatment decisions. Friends and family lend an ear to listen and shoulder to lean on when a cancer patient may need it most.

That's why Women Against Prostate Cancer has created an online portal for women to share their stories at www.womenagainstprostatecancer.org/yourstory. This project has been supported by an educational grant from Aureon Laboratories.

Because of their unique role, women can provide messages of hope, love and overcoming pain and loss to other women who are currently facing similar challenges.

"Dean was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992. The PSA was not popularly used as a screening tool back then, and by the time he visited the doctor for back pain they found cancer that had already spread to his bones," Betty Gallo, co-founder of Women Against Prostate Cancer, shares the passing of her husband, former Congressman Dean Gallo. "He passed away in 1994. After that, I couldn't just sit around and let this disease kill others. I started the Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and founded Women Against Prostate Cancer as a way to provide support to women."

Betty's story is just one of thousands from women who have experienced prostate cancer with a loved one. And these stories serve as a source of motivation, support and hope to others whose lives have been affected by prostate cancer.

About Women Against Prostate Cancer

Women Against Prostate Cancer is a national organization working to unite the voices and provide support for the millions of women affected by prostate cancer. WAPC advocates prostate cancer education, public awareness, screenings, legislation, and treatment options. To learn more, visit us online at: www.womenagainstprostatecancer.org.

SOURCE Women Against Prostate Cancer