Moffitt Seeks Prostate Cancer Survivors and Survivor Relatives for Study

October 13, 2008

Tampa, FL - Moffitt Cancer Center is looking for prostate cancer survivors and relatives of survivors for a study on educational materials that will help future generations in the battle against prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death in men. Estimates for 2008 include 186,320 new cases and 28,660 prostate cancer deaths, and in Florida, 11,380 and 2,520, respectively.

Candidates must be a prostate cancer survivor, or brother or son of a survivor; of African American or White (non-Hispanic) descent and living in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Pasco County.

Incidence of prostate cancer is about 60 percent higher in African American men than white men, with the death rates for African American men at nearly 2.4 times as high as those in white men.

Qualifying candidates must be willing to participate in a group discussion with other survivors, review educational materials and give their opinions.

Leaders of the study hope to learn about the communication needs, processes and outcomes of decision making in regards to screening for prostate cancer. The information gathered from the focus groups will guide the development of DVD’s made specifically for first degree relatives. The DVD’s will be used to supplement the CDC’s materials for prostate cancer decision making.

Those interested in participating in this paid study should call (813) 892-8706.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research InstituteLocated in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center (www.moffitt.org) is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.