Sunday, January 13, 2008

How to Raise Awareness for Bone Cancer


Primary bone cancer, such as osteosarcoma, often strikes young people who are less than 25 years old. As there is no known way to prevent primary bone cancer, it is particularly important for those with knowledge of the disease to raise awareness among others.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging



Step One

Learn all you can about bone cancer in order to be able to intelligently give reasons why funds need to be raised to fight this disease. You can start by going to the American Cancer Web site and the National Cancer Institute Web site (see "Resources" below).

Step Two

Participate in or organize local fund-raising activities. If you belong to a local civic or professional group, suggest holding an event that benefits bone cancer research.

Step Three

Purchase items online that you can display to make more people aware of bone cancer and its effects. You might want to get bumper stickers, jewelry, T-shirts, posters, ribbons, calendars or other small items. Give them as gifts so that other people can get the word out too. See the Web site of the National Cancer Institute for more information.

Step Four

Help form a bone cancer awareness group in your area if one does not already exist. Work with the major cancer agencies, such as the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, to get tips as to how to go about organizing a group. Advertise the meetings and offer help to local people who need support.

Step Five

Become an advocate for bone cancer research. Cancer agencies need people to lobby, speak out, and become politically active in the fight against bone cancer. You can get more information on advocacy at the American Cancer Society's Web site.

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