Predictions state that one in seven men will at some point in their lives be diagnosed with the most common form of cancer among men – prostate cancer. As efforts are being made to gather awareness to the practicality of a screening test, now men age 40 and older who meet certain requirements can sign up to get a free screening by LabCorp at any location in the U.S. Cancer Treatment Centers of America is again doing what it can to try to beat cancer.
It is recommended that higher risk men get screened sooner, with general risk factors being based on race and family history. There is a campaign running to raise awareness, which is called the Prostate Pep Talk campaign, and it has former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards, Dick Vermeil, and Bill Cowher as representatives. The announcements will be run nationally in September – Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Herm Edwards has spoken of friends and colleagues who were diagnosed with prostate cancer, which included Lamar Hunt, the former owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Edwards’ own father-in-law. A couple more former NFL players, Mike Quick and Jon Runyan, will speak at the awareness event. The topic of this issue is close for both men as Quick’s father had prostate cancer for several years, and Runyan is a strong advocate for prostate cancer awareness.
There will be additional events held in four major cities, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, and Tulsa, each corresponding with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospitals in the area and featuring former NFL players as spokesmen.
The hope is that these awareness events, hosted by the NFL Alumni Association, which is an organization focused on serving former players and their families, will help to improve health and lives for men all across the country.