National Prostate Health Month

National Prostate Health Month
A light blue ribbon is the symbol for prostate cancer

National Prostate Health Month (NPHM) is observed by health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s health every September. Designating a month for the issue serves the purpose of:

  • Increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health
  • Providing easily accessible prostate health screenings
  • Educating about risk factors and symptoms of prostate related diseases and
  • Advocating for further research on prostate health issues.


September was first designated National Prostate Health Month by the American Foundation for Urological Disease (AFUD) in 1999. AFUD is now known as the American Urological Association Foundation ( Originally the aims of observing NPHM were more proscribed, concentrating on making the public better informed about prostate health issues

In 2001, Senate Resolution 138 sponsored by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) endorsed the week and affirmed that Prostate Health Month would be observed annually. In a 2003 presidential proclamation, President George H.W. Bush voiced his support for the month, but instead of designating the month to be for prostate health in general, specifically named the month “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.” The dual naming of the month has not interfered in the aims of those who observe the month under either nomenclature.

Related Observances

In 1989, decade before the creation of National Prostate Health Month, the week of September 17 to September 24 was chosen as Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. After the creation of NPHM, September came to incorporate observances of other related health weeks. Prostatitis Awareness Week is observed from September 10 to September 16 and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) Awareness Week is observed from September 24 to September 30. However, not all men’s health issues are commemorated in September. Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, for example, is celebrated during the week of April 1 to April 7.

  • 9/10 – 9/16: Prostatitis Week
  • 9/17 – 9/24: Prostate Cancer Week
  • 9/24 – 9/30: Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) Week
  • 4/1 – 4/7: Testicular Cancer Awareness Week


Oncology funds, health systems, medical centers and NGOs such as Men’s Health Network, are just a few of the kinds of organizations across the countries which sponsor events during National Prostate Health Month. Free screenings for prostate-related diseases are offered at hospitals, health centers, and the workplace. Physicians are sent information on how NPHW can be used as a way to remind their patients about prostate health. The Prostate Cancer Education Council uses the popularity of sports to spread awareness of prostate health effects and resources. For example, NFL teams dedicate home games to prostate cancer awareness, and golf tournaments and 5k races distribute informational material to audiences and participants in exchange for the incentive of prizes.

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