MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and the National Football League Alumni Association (NFLA) today announced a new partnership to raise awareness among NFL Alumni and fans around the country about screening, diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer.
The partnership also calls for CTCA to treat NFL Alumni who are fighting the disease at each of its five hospitals (in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa). CTCA will also become a sponsor of the NFLA's Super Bowl of Golf, an annual member event that is part of the NFLA's charitable fundraising activities.
Other than non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S. Nearly one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2014. More than 29,000 men succumbed to the disease that year.
"CTCA is proud to partner with NFLA and we look forward to making a difference in the lives of those alums who are or will be diagnosed with prostate cancer," said Gerard van Grinsven, President and CEO of CTCA. "At CTCA, we are dedicated to fighting cancer with the most advanced technologies and treatments through an approach that combines both conventional and integrative therapies that helps patients enhance their quality of life while undergoing treatment. And we always begin by educating patients about their disease and the latest treatment options."
"Our partnership with CTCA will help raise awareness about prostate cancer and make treatment available to NFLA members," said Joe Pisarcik, President and CEO of the NFL Alumni. "Providing health and wellness programs to our members is the top priority of our organization, and this new partnership addresses one of the biggest health concerns among men today."
"Routine screening has significantly improved the outlook for men with prostate cancer, which is very treatable when diagnosed early. And innovative technology has helped minimize the side effects of treatment," said Maurie Markman, MD, President of Medicine and Science at CTCA. "We at CTCA are looking forward to working with the NFLA to bring a broader awareness of the latest clinical advances in prostate cancer treatment and deliver those to their membership."
The partnership officially launches today (January 29) with an event at the CTCA hospital in Phoenix, home of this week's big game. At the event, van Grinsven and Pisarcik will be joined by CTCA Chairman Richard J Stephenson, Arizona Cardinals Defensive End Calais Campbell and Connie Payton, founder of The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation.
About the NFL Alumni Association
The NFL Alumni Association is a nationwide group of former National Football League players, coaches and other employees whose mission is to serve, assist and inform former players and their families. The association offers a variety of medical, financial and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its "Caring for Kids" programs. For more information please visit www.nflalumni.org.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals focusing on the treatment of complex or advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrative approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with comprehensive information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.
Jackie Carey, CTCA
Nicole McTheny, CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center
SOURCE NFL Alumni Association