September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about prostate cancer and generate support for those affected by thedeadly disease. It also is the time when the Urology Care Foundation and the National Football League urge all men to take charge of their health through the Know Your StatsAbout Prostate Cancer campaign.
Widely recognized as one of the greatest defensive backs, the campaign's spokesperson, Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Mike Haynes, travels the country with other legends, or "Team Haynes" members to drive the message of prostate health awareness and raise funds for prostate cancer research. Joining Haynes again this year to spread the "Know Your Stats" message is Harry Carson, Pro Football Hall of Fame legend and former linebacker for the New York Giants. Together, they are working toward the campaign's goal - to help men make positive choices about their prostate health.
"Before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I had no idea I was at risk for this deadly disease," explained Haynes. "Now, as a cancer survivor, I feel the need to educate others about prostate cancer – the more people who know my story, as well as their risk for prostate cancer, the more we can raise awareness and save men's lives."
The Know Your Statscampaign is a rallying force to connect, educate and inspire men across the country to know their prostate cancer risk and to talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. Now entering its sixth season, Know Your Stats has reached more than 300 million men and their families since its inception in 2009.
"Winning the battle against prostate cancer involves a team approach," said Harry Carson. "That is why Mike and I are calling on all men to know their risk, talk to their doctor and stay in the game for life."
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States, with more than 233,000 new cases estimated to be diagnosed in 2014. About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, however the odds increase to:
- >>1 in 5 if they are African American
- >>1 in 3 if they have a family history
The Urology Care Foundation and the National Football League have built upon a relationship that started in 2007 when the National Football League, through its Player Care Foundation, began implementing prostate cancer screenings for retired players conducted by the Urology Care Foundation. Today, they continue to encourage all men and their loved ones to visit KnowYourStats.org for information about prostate cancer.
"We are honored Mike and Harry are again working with us to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Awareness is critical not only for the 29,000 men that will die of prostate cancer this year, but also their friends and loved ones," said Richard A. Memo, MD, Chair of the Urology Care Foundation. "Through the Know Your Stats campaign, Mike, Harry and 'Team Haynes' are spreading the powerful message of Know Your Risk. Talk to Your Doctor."
What You Should Know, or Share with the Men in Your Life, About Prostate Cancer:
- >>More than 233,000 men will be told they have prostate cancer this year. It is the second most common cancer in men in the United States.
- >>Aside from age, risk factors for prostate cancer include family history and race.
- >>1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer.
- >>1 in 5 African American men will develop prostate cancer.
- >>1 in 3 men with a family history will develop prostate cancer.
If you are age 55 to 69, Talk to Your Doctor about prostate screening.
- Know Your Risk. Some men are at higher risk for prostate cancer. Talk to your Doctor about prostate cancer screening if you are age 40 to 54 years and:
- >>have a father, brother or son who has had prostate cancer
This year the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins will work in collaboration with local cancer support organizations and the Urology Care Foundation to raise funds for Know Your Stats and prostate cancer awareness. Visit KnowYourStats.org for a full schedule of events.
SOURCE Urology Care Foundation