Rays, Moffitt Cancer Center Take Swing at Prostate Cancer

September 08, 2008

Tampa, FL – Moffitt Cancer Center partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays, ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, and Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure to conduct 317 prostate cancer screenings at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Aug. 26.

            The screenings were part of the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, a national mobile screening program for prostate cancer. Its mobile screening bus has made stops throughout the United States.

            Three oncologists and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners from Moffitt Cancer Center provided the screenings, led by surgeon Julio Pow-Sang, M.D., who heads up Moffitt’s Genitourinary Oncology Program. The screening consists of a simple blood test (prostate specific antigen blood test) and an optional physical examination.

            One in six men will develop prostate cancer, but if caught early, nearly 100 percent survive, according to ZERO, formerly the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Black men have an even higher risk – one in four men. According to Pow-Sang, early prostate cancer has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research InstituteLocated in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  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. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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