FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2015
Christine Frey, AUA
Urology Care Foundation and NFL Kick-Off Another Great Season for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Know Your Stats® Campaign Enters its Seventh Season
Baltimore, MD, September 10, 2015 - With September marking National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the kick-off of the 2015 NFL season, the Urology Care Foundation and the NFL have renewed their commitment to driving prostate health awareness, as well as teamed up to highlight a Public Service Announcement (PSA) focused on educating men about prostate cancer and encouraging them to take charge of their health through the Know Your Stats® campaign.
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 talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them.
"It is important for men to know their risk and talk to their doctors so they can determine if prostate cancer testing is right for them," said Richard A. Memo, MD, Chair of the Urology Care Foundation. "Having the tools and facts empowers individuals and their doctors to make informed decisions."
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in America, affecting one in seven men. Odds increase to one in five if they are African American and one in three if they have a family history; however, the educational tools are making an impact. More men are talking with their doctors and getting tested, and fewer men are dying from the disease.
Passionate about wanting to get men and their loved ones talking about prostate cancer and to fully understand the facts about this disease, campaign spokesperson and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Mike Haynes, travels the country with other NFL legends, or "Team Haynes" members to drive the message of prostate health awareness and raise funds for prostate cancer research. To Haynes' surprise, it was an NFL Player Care⁄Urology Care Foundation screening that led to the discovery he had prostate cancer. As someone who benefitted from early detection, he understands the importance of knowing your risk and talking to your doctor.
"There are nearly three million men in the United States who count themselves as prostate cancer survivors, and I am one of them," said Haynes. "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 American Urological Association (AUA) recommends men ages 55 to 69, with an average risk for prostate cancer, talk to their health care provider about whether prostate cancer screening is right for them. For those who are 40 to 54 years of age and have a higher risk for being diagnosed with prostate cancer, such as African-American men or those with a family history, the AUA recommends they discuss their prostate cancer screening options with their health care provider to assess the benefits and risks of testing.
The Urology Care Foundation and the NFL have built upon a relationship that started in 2007 when the NFL, 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 KnowYourStats.org for information about prostate cancer.
What You Should Know, or Share with the Men in Your Life, About Prostate Cancer:
- Approximately 220,800 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 55 to 69 years of age, 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
- The Urology Care Foundation recognizes the choice to be screened for prostate cancer is a personal one. Before you decide to get 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 Prostate Cancer
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
Medivation, Inc. 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 (Miami Dolphins), Dan Pastorini (Philadelphia Eagles), Dave Casper (Minnesota Vikings), Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers), Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams), Fred Biletnikoff (Oakland Raiders), 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), Medivation, Inc., 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.