Striving to boost awareness of prostate cancer, a trio comprising the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA), the National Football League Alumni Association (NFLA) and LabCorp have pooled their resources to both educate men and make screenings available to them.
From September 1 through October 15, 2,000 eligible men have access to a free prostate screening by LabCorp at any of its locations. The screenings were funded by the CTCA and NFLA. Men who miss that opening may schedule a screening at the price of $25 and the screening can take place any time within six months of the sign-up date.
The American Cancer Society, which predicts one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostrate cancer, estimates there will be more than 160,000 new diagnosis this year.
Screenings are recommended for any man in a high-risk segment of the population such as family history and race. Prostrate cancer is most prevalent among African American men who have more than a 70 percent higher probability of acquiring prostate cancer.
Former NFL head coaches Dick Vermeil, Herm Edwards and Bill Cowher participated in the campaign launch which took place in August at the national kick-off press conference in New Jersey. Additional campaign launches occurred in Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and Tulsa.
Sean Cavanaugh, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology at CTCA’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center commented in a PR Newswire statement (prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-national-football-league-alumni-association-cancer-treatment-centers-of-america-and-labcorp-team-up-to-offer-prostrate-cancer-screenings-starting-in-september-300511182.html) that screening is the primary prevention against prostrate cancer.
Recognized for its one of a kind approach to treating cancer, CTCA is a for-profit network of five hospitals that treats patients worldwide through its cancer centers in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
CTCA’s viewpoint, which includes a personalized care plan, is based on the belief that no two patients are alike and each person needs to be helped not just the cancer they have.
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