BALTIMORE, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the kick-off of pro football season and National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the American Urological Association Foundation and the National Football League have teamed up for a third year to educate men about prostate health and encourage them to join the “Know Your Stats” campaign. With the support of an increasing number of NFL greats and prostate cancer survivors, the national campaign is focused on turning awareness into action by encouraging men to know their risks and get tested.
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Cancer survivor and pro football Hall of Fame member, Mike Haynes, is continuing his partnership with the AUA Foundation to help save lives, and drive the message of prostate health awareness on the local level with more than 500 participating hospitals across the nation. “We’re calling on all men to play defense with their health and to start the discussion with their doctor today,” explained Mike Haynes.
The statistics are startling – one in six men will be diagnosed in his lifetime(1) and more than 240,000 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011(2). African American men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer(3) and men with a family history are at a higher risk for developing the disease(4).
If you’re 40 or older, the AUA recommends that men talk with their doctors about prostate health. Prostate cancer is most treatable when caught early and not every treatment is recommended for every individual.
Haynes benefited from early detection due to a joint NFL Player Care Foundation and AUA Foundation screening that diagnosed him with prostate cancer.
New pro football legends joining “Team Haynes” this year include Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Michael Irvin and Steve Young. In addition, the NFL and AUA Foundation will also debut new public service announcements that will air across the nation this fall and urge men to know their risk of prostate cancer.
The AUA Foundation and the NFL have built upon a relationship that started in 2007 when the NFL began implementing prostate cancer screenings for retired players conducted by the AUA Foundation. Visit www.KnowYourStats.org for information about prostate cancer.
(1) What Are the Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer?” American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCancer/DetailedGuide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics. Accessed July 29, 2009.
(2) American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011. (http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/Cancer_Facts_and_Figures_2010.pdf)
(3) American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans 2009-2010.
(4) American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009.
SOURCE American Urological Association Foundation