HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Know Your Stats® spokesperson, Mike Haynes will touch down in Houston the week leading up to Super Bowl LI to drive the importance of prostate health awareness through the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer® campaign.
The Know Your Stats® campaign is a rallying force to connect, educate and inspire men across the country to know their prostate cancer risk and talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them.
Haynes, a prostate cancer survivor and former NFL defensive back who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders, will be joined by Edward (Ted) M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized urologist and prostate cancer expert with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who was most recently seen on NBC's Today Show and the Howard Stern show alongside actor Ben Stiller when Stiller publicized his journey with prostate cancer.
"Early detection saved my life," said Haynes. "As a cancer survivor, I'm encouraging men to be as passionate about their health as they are about their favorite NFL teams and players and to start the discussion with their doctor about this national men's health issue – the stakes are just too high for us not to be talking about prostate cancer and finding a cure."
"Winning the battle against prostate cancer involves a team approach," said Dr Schaeffer. "That is why Mike and I are teaming up and calling on all men to know their risk for prostate cancer – don't sit on the sidelines, talk to your doctor and stay in the game for life."
Mike Haynes and Dr. Schaeffer will be available to speak with local and national media during the week to share with men facts about prostate cancer and to promote awareness of prostate health issues.
The Urology Care Foundation and the NFL have built upon a relationship that started in 2007 when the NFL, 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.
NOTE TO REPORTERS: To arrange an interview with Mike Haynes and Dr. Schaeffer, please contact Christine Frey at 443.909-0839 or cfrey@AUAnet.org.
What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer:
- Approximately 161,000 men will be told they have prostate cancer this year.
- A physical exam and simple blood test to establish a baseline PSA (prostate-specific antigen) score today could help save a life later.
- Aside from age, risk factors for prostate cancer include family history and race.
- One in seven men will develop prostate cancer.
- One in five African American men will develop prostate cancer.
- One in three 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:
- are African-American
- have a father, brother or son who has had prostate cancer
About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States, and is a leading cause of cancer death in men. One in seven men will be diagnosed in his lifetime. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer have a higher chance of getting the disease. The Urology Care Foundation recognizes the choice to be screened for prostate cancer is a personal one. Before you decide to be tested, talk to your doctor about your risk for prostate cancer, including your personal and family history. Then talk about the benefits and risks of testing.
About the Urology Care Foundation
The Urology Care Foundation is the world's leading non-profit urological health foundation and the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA). The Urology Care Foundation is committed to advancing urology research and education. We work with researchers, health care professionals, patients, and caregivers to improve patients' lives.
Christine Frey, AUA
SOURCE American Urological Association