More men are affected by prostate cancer more than any other type. To increase public awareness the Cancer Treatment Centers of America has teamed up with LabCorp and the National Football League Alumni Association. They are offering screenings and providing an education on prostate cancer. The program begins on September 1st and continues through October 15th. The program is intended for men age forty and above. All men who have met the eligibility requirements can receive a free screening at any of the 1,750 LabCorp locations in the United States. There are 2,000 free screenings available after which a special price of $25 is offered for six months after the sign-up date.
Out of every seven men one will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer within their life. According to the American Cancer Society, 161,360 men will receive this as a new diagnosis in 2017. Men at a high-risk should be screened when they reach the age of forty. Although African-American men are seventy percent more likely to be diagnosed, family history and race are also factors. The campaign is being called the Prostate Pep Talk and legendary coaches of the NFL are featured. Head coaches Bill Cowher, Dick Vermeil, and Herm Edwards are making men aware of the risks of prostate cancer and encouraging screenings. Since September is the awareness month regarding prostate cancer the announcements will commence during this time.
The event begins with a press conference scheduled on August 30th in New Jersey. Herm Edwards and Beasley Reece will be featured along with NFL players from the past including Jon Runyan and Mike Quick. Gary M. Huff of LabCorp and Sean Cavanaugh M.D. will also be in attendance. All the campaign events are in conjunction with the Cancer Centers of America. Although an elevated PSA is not conclusive of prostate cancer any range outside of normal should be checked by a physician.