The Cancer Treatment Centers of America are teaming up with The National Football League Alumni and LabCorp to assist with prostate cancer screenings. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. To increase awareness of the disease and help educate on the benefits of prevention, the trio has teamed up to educate and provide access to screenings. The screenings will begin on September 1st and the last day of screenings offered with end on October 15th. They are estimating that around 2,000 men will benefit from the screenings from the age of 40 on up. If eligible, some may be able to obtain free screenings depending upon their conditions. The type of screening is called Prostate Specific Antigen screening and can be completed by any of the LabCorp offices. There are 1,740 locations throughout the United States, so it’s fairly easy to find a participating office.
There are 1 in 7 men predicted to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. That’s why it’s imperative to get checked for detection and prevention. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 160,000 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. The risk factors that each person should look into depend upon their family history and race. It has been found that more African American men get diagnosed with prostate cancer with a 70% increase in probability.
Part of the campaign will involve former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards, Bill Cowher and Dick Vermeil. They will help aid in the overall awareness of the cancer risks and advise men to get screened as soon as possible. They want the public to take advantage of this service being offered and remain proactive through the process. Screening is the first step to diagnose prostate cancer, and that’s why they are teaming up with the others to provide awareness and prevention.