FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Prostate Cancer Resource Center (PCRC) opened today in Lee County, providing resources and support for the families who have been affected by prostate cancer. The PCRC is the first center in southwest Florida offering a free, open to the public environment providing support information, advocacy initiatives, clinical research opportunities, and answers for the cancer most commonly diagnosed in men- prostate cancer.
The PCRC is the outcome of the 2012 inaugural Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K by the Florida Urology Physicians and ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer. ZERO is the nation's leading prostate cancer organization providing education, free testing and advocacy for increased federal funds for life-saving research. As leaders in the fight against prostate cancer, Florida Urology Physicians exclusively partnered with ZERO, raising over $61,000 at this year's race. With 91 cents on every dollar staying locally, the first PCRC is made possible. For the first time, the community of southwest Florida has a complimentary resource for all prostate cancer questions and answers where no appointment is needed, and there are no time constraints. The PCRC is located at 7451 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, at the Florida Urology Physicians office location, and open Mon-Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
One out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Because early detection is the best approach for managing prostate cancer, it is essential to promote awareness and offer as much support, information, and consciousness for the men of southwest Florida. Recent statistics indicate that there are approximately 910,000 cases of prostate cancer worldwide, accounting for about 14 percent of all new cancer cases in men. The PCRC hopes to continue the dialogue with men and their families about the importance of early detection."We are committed to fighting this disease. Through our advocacy initiatives on capitol hill, philanthropic endeavors within southwest Florida, and moral obligation to the community as urologists, we are proud to open the first Prostate Cancer Resource Center for the men and families of southwest Florida." Steven Harrison, M.D., Florida Urology Physicians.
For questions and feedback about the PCRC or to learn more about the upcoming 2013 Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K, please call 239-689-8800 or visit www.MyFloridaUrology.com
To learn more about ZERO-The End of Prostate Caner, visit www.zerocancer.org
SOURCE Florida Urology Physicians