FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2014
Christine Frey, AUA
Urology Care Foundation Teams Up with Pro Football Hall of Fame Legends to Urge Men to Stay in the Game for Life!
Know Your Stats® Campaign Kicks-Off Sixth Season for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Linthicum, MD, September 23, 2014 - September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about prostate cancer and generate support for those a ffected by the deadly disease. It also is the time when the Urology Care Foundation and the National Football League urge all men to take charge of their health through the Know Your Stats® About Prostate Cancer campaign.
Widely recognized as one of the greatest defensive backs, the campaign's spokesperson, Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Mike Haynes, travels the country with other legends, or "Team Haynes" members to drive the message of prostate health awareness and raise funds for prostate cancer research. Joining Haynes again this year to spread the "Know Your Stats" message is Harry Carson, Pro Football Hall of Fame legend and former linebacker for the New York Giants. Together, they are working toward the campaign's goal - to help men make positive choices about their prostate health.
"Before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I had no idea I was at risk for this deadly disease,"explained Haynes. "Now, as a cancer survivor, I feel the need to educate others about prostate cancer - the more people who know my story, as well as their risk for prostate cancer, the more we can raise awareness and save men's lives."
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 to talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. Now entering its sixth season, Know Your Stats® has reached more than 300 million men and their families since its inception in 2009.
"Winning the battle against prostate cancer involves a team approach," said Harry Carson. "That is why Mike and I are calling on all men to know their risk , talk to their doctor and stay in the game for life."
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States, with more than 23,000 new cases estimated to be diagnosed in 2014. About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, however the odds increase to:
- One in five if they are African American
- One in three if they have a family history
The Urology Care Foundation and the National Football League have built upon a relationship that started in 2007 when the National Football League, 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 www.KnowYourStats.org for information about prostate cancer.
"We are honored Mike and Harry are again working with us to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Awareness is critical not only for the 29,000 men that will die of prostate cancer this year, but also their friends and loved ones," said Richard A. Memo, MD, Chair of the Urology Care Foundation. "Through the Know Your Stats campaign, Mike, Harry and "Team Haynes" are spreading the powerful message of Know Your Risk. Talk to Your Doctor."
What You Should Know, or Share with the Men in Your Life, About Prostate Cancer:
- More than 233,000 men will be told they have prostate cancer this year. It is the second most common cancer in men in the United States.
- 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
- This year the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins will work in collaboration with local cancer support organizations and the Urology Care Foundation to raise funds for Know Your Stats and prostate cancer awareness. Visit www.KnowYourStats.org for a full schedule of events.
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 Team
Astellas Oncology is a generous supporter of this season's Know Your Stats® campaign.
Former players, coaches and their families have joined Team Haynes to help promote prostate cancer awareness, including: Al Smith (Houston Oilers), Andre Tippett (New England Patriots), Anthony Muñoz (Cincinnati Bengals), Astellas Oncology, Bart Oates (New York Giants), Bob Lilly (Dallas Cowboys), Bobby Mitchell (Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), Carl Eller (Seattle Seahawks), Charlie Sanders (Detroit Lions), Cris Carter (Philadelphia Eagles,Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins), Dan Hampton (Chicago Bears), Dan Marino (MiamiDolphins), Dan Pastorini (Philadelphia Eagles), Dave Casper (Minnesota Vikings), Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers), Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams), Fred Biletnikoff (Oakland Raiders), Frank Gifford (New York Giants), Fred Dean (San Francisco 49ers), Gary Zimmerman (Denver Broncos), Gerald McNeil (Houston Oilers), Jerry Allen (Washington Redskins), Harry and Mabel Carson (New York Giants), Jack Ham (Pittsburgh Steelers), Jack Youngblood (Los Angeles Rams), Jackie Smith (Dallas Cowboys), James Lofton (Green Bay Packers), Jan Stenerud (Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings), Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns), Jim Taylor (Green Bay Packers), Joe DeLamielleure (Cleveland Browns), Joe Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers), John Madden (Oakland Raiders), Kellen Winslow (San Diego Chargers), Larry Little (Miami Dolphins), Lee Roy Selmon (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Len Dawson (Kansas City Chiefs), Lenny Moore (Baltimore Colts), Lynn Swann (Pittsburgh Steelers), Marcus Allen (Los Angeles Raiders), Marv Levy (Buffalo Bills), Melvin Blount (Pittsburgh Steelers), Merle Wilcox (wife of Dave Wilcox, San Francisco 49ers), Michael Blair (Cincinnati Bengals), Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboys), Mike Dumas (San Diego Chargers), Mike Haynes (New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders), Ozzie Newsome (Cleveland Browns), Paul Warfield (Miami Dolphins), Pollie Shaw (wife of Billy Shaw, Buffalo Bills), Randall McDaniel (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens), Ricardo McDonald (Chicago Bears), Rod Woodson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Roger Staubach (Dallas Cowboys), Ron Mix (San Diego Chargers), Ron Yary (Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams), Ronnie Lott (San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets), Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers), Ted Cottrell (Atlanta Falcons), Thomas L. Jackson (Denver Broncos), Tom Nowatzke (Baltimore Colts), Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys), Vince Papale (Philadelphia Eagles), Warren Moon (Houston Oilers), Willie Brown (Oakland Raiders), Willie Lanier (Kansas City Chiefs), and Yale Lary (Detroit Lions).
About the Urology Care Foundation
The Urology Care Foundation is 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.
About the AUA
Founded in 1902, the AUA is a leading advocate for the specialty of Urology, and has more than 20,000 members worldwide. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit: www.astellas.us.