Get Well Wednesday: What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer

Get Well Wednesday: What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer
 You Should Know About Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Awareness Month. Prostate cancer can be a killer if not caught early. An NFL veteran and a doctor have teamed up to help raise awareness about the very real threat of this disease and how easy it is to get screened for and treat it, if necessary.

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According to guidelines published by the American Cancer Society, “Asymptomatic men who have at least a 10-year life expectancy have an opportunity to make an informed decision with their healthcare provider about screening for prostate cancer after they receive information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits associated with prostate cancer screening.”

 MOST MEN NEED A PEP TALK BEFORE GETTING SCREENED. TELL US ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN?

Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, the NFL Alumni Association and LabCorp have joined together to raise awareness around the importance of prostate cancer screening. Throughout September, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we will offer free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screenings to eligible men, age 40 and older, at select LabCorp locations across the country.

 WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO GET THE FREE SCREENINGS AND WHERE DO MEN SIGN UP?

2,000 men, ages 40 and older, are eligible Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 to sign up for a screening at LabCorp locations throughout the United States. Men can simply go to prostatepeptalk.com to sign up for a test. Screenings must be performed within six months of the sign up date.

HOW DOES PROSTATE CANCER AFFECT AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN?  

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in African-American men, accounting for 31 percent of all cancers diagnoses. It also estimates that 1 in 5 African-American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

WHY IS THE NFLA INVOLVED IN THIS PARTNERSHIP?

The NFLA’s mission is “Caring for Kids & Caring for Our Own.” It takes a village to tackle this disease and we want to continue to raise awareness alongside the CTCA team in order to find a cure.

WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN TO GET SCREENED?

African-American men are about 70% more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian or Hispanic men. It’s important for every African-American man to be aware of his health and, most importantly, to get screen for prostate cancer.

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13-YEAR NFL VETERAN DESMOND CLARK TALLIED MORE THAN 300 RECEPTIONS FOR OVER 3,500 YARDS AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE NFL ALUMNI’S CHICAGO CHAPTER PRESIDENT. DR. SEAN CAVANAUGH IS CHIEF OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY AT CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA AT SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN ATLANTA.

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