Dax Shepard’s Silly Portrayal Of The Men In Your Life Could Help Save Their Lives

14 million men worldwide are affected.

A collaboration between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Funny or Die is hoping to get a laugh out of viewers but also raise awareness for a disease affecting 1 in 8 U.S. men. The video is from Save the Males, the name of the PCF's Many vs Cancer (MvC) global fundraising initiative, and shows you archetypes of the men in your life who should be getting screened.


The nearly four-minute clip is titled "Field Guide to the Modern Human Male." It features Rob Riggle as your guide on the testosterone-filled safari of characters — there's a mechanic, the grillmaster, the dad with terrible dad jokes, and the old man — all played by Dax Shepard, who has a personal connection for getting involved for the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month project.

"My stepfather is battling stage four metastatic prostate cancer, and I want to fight on behalf of him so that other men and their loved ones don't have to go through a similar struggle," Shepard said in a press release. "The fundraising that PCF is doing through Save the Males goes directly to researchers around the world, and they are who are going to help defeat this disease."

Dr. Drew Pinsky — who was diagnosed himself at 52 — pops up throughout the video and delivers some harrowing facts about prostate cancer, such as the one that states 1 in 8 men in the U.S. will develop it, and that it affects 14 million men worldwide. The chances of getting prostate cancer are 1 in 3 if you have a close relative with it, and those chances rise to over 80 percent if you have two close relatives with it. The risk of prostate cancer rises rapidly after the age of 50 — but sometimes it can happen as early as 40. All that said, prostate cancer is 100 percent treatable if detected early, but few men are aware of the risk and/or don't get routine checks

Riggle ends the video by saying that a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 3.3 minutes in the U.S. and that every 20 minutes a man loses the fight against the disease. That's why Save the Males is encouraging people to donate in a variety of ways to help fight prostate cancer (info here) or to just share the video and tag the men in their lives to educate them about the risks.

Jonathan W. Simons, a medical doctor as well as the president and CEO of PCF, said we are "on the cusp of defeating one of the deadliest diseases known to man," something PCF has been striving toward since being founded in 1993.

"Top scientists around the world are currently working to help the Human Male fight one of its gravest threats — prostate cancer," said Dr. Drew, a PCF board member. "The Save the Males cause supports that work so that millions of men will be able to defeat prostate cancer once and for all."

Check out the full video here:

For more information, visit Prostate Cancer Foundation, Many vs Cancer, and Save the Males.


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