Disease is Second Most Deadly Cancer in Men
WASHINGTON, DC – Approximately 12,380 men across Florida will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and approximately 18 percent of them will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite these grim statistics, there ishope if detected early, making prostate cancer one of the more treatable forms of cancer.
ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer, will tour the country this summer for a variety of events to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer for men at risk. This month, ZERO has partnered with Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure and sponsors including Galil Medical, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Club to provide free prostate cancer testing for men in Tampa Bay on July 23. Each man who gets tested will receive two free tickets to a specified Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. This event is just one of many stops across the country for the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, an initiative to educate and test men from coast to coast. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 92,000 men have been tested on the Drive and ZERO anticipates it will screen its 100,000th man on the Drive in 2009.
“More lives are being saved every day through early detection,” said ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer’s CEO, Skip Lockwood. “We encourage men across the region to come out and get tested. This simple 10 minute blood test could save your life.”
WHERE & WHEN:
Thursday, July 23
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1 Tropicana Dr. St. Petersburg, FL 33705
What is the Drive Against Prostate Cancer?
It’s big, it’s purple, it’s the Drive Against Prostate Cancer - a mobile testing unit where local licensed physicians conduct a two-part early detection procedure, which includes a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and physical examination. The tests are conducted in a 39-foot Airstream Land Yacht XL, owned by Thor Industries and designed specifically for prostate cancer testing. The exams are free, thanks to our sponsors and the University of Michigan Labs.
About ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer (ZeroCancer.org)
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer, it means a zero PSA. Our name conveys what we stand for – zero tolerance for prostate cancer.
At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease but to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys.
About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s 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.
The Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have proudly represented Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay region since 1998. The organization and its foundation are committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interaction and charitable contributions.