NFL Urges Men to Know Their Prostate Cancer Stats
Just in time for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the National Football League (NFL) has teamed up with the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation to raise awareness among men, particularly African American men.
“We encourage men to be as passionate about their health as they are about their favorite NFL teams and players,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement.
Part of the organizations’ “Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer” campaign, which kicked off Sept. 16, 27 retired NFL Hall of Famers recorded a public service announcement urging men to get tested, including prostate cancer survivor Michael Haynes, Tony Dorsett, “Mean” Joe Greene, and Michael Irvin.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. African American men are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as white men.
To fight the disease, the AUA has issued new guidelines recommending that men 40 and older talk with their doctors about prostate cancer testing. A physical exam and blood test to determine your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) score could help save your life
For more information on prostate cancer testing and the “Know Your Stats” campaign, visit KnowYourStats.org.
— Janell P. Hazelwood