Free Prostate Cancer Education and Early Detection

August 03, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG, FLa. – The Tampa Bay Rays will partner with Moffitt Cancer Center, ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, and Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure to offer free prostate cancer education and screenings for men on Thursday, Aug. 26, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and seating is limited. Call 1-888-MOFFITT for information and reservations.

Every man who attends the Aug. 26 event will receive two free tickets to a Rays game during the Aug. 30-Sept. 1 homestand. This will be the third year the event is held at Tropicana Field; last year more than 600 men took advantage of the free education and screenings.

This year’s event will focus on educating men about prostate cancer and helping them to make an informed decision about whether to be screened for the disease. Men can sign up for a 20-minute educational session and then decide if they would like to proceed with a screening while there. Education will be held in groups throughout the day.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, with African American men at an even higher risk of one in four.

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg understands that many Rays fans fit the demographic of those most at risk for the disease. “We hope to build on last year’s success and reach out to our fan base to encourage them to learn more about prostate cancer,” he said. Sternberg also serves as a member of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Board of Advisors.

Dr. Julio Pow-Sang, a urologic oncologist specializing in prostate cancer, will lead the Moffitt Cancer Center team. “Prostate cancer is a very complex disease, and the more men are informed, the better they deal with the issues surrounding the disease and in making informed decisions about screening,” he said. Dr. Pow-Sang has studied the disease for more than 20 years.

WHAT:   Free prostate cancer education for men, followed by free screening if desired. Both the PSA and DRE test will be offered. The education takes about 20 minutes, followed by Q&A and the screening.

WHEN:               Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m.

HOW:                 Call 1-888-MOFFITT. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited seating.

WHERE:Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705. Enter through Gate 1.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

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 14 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.

About Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure

Ed Randall is the host of "Ed Randall's Talking Baseball" Saturday mornings on Sirius/XM Radio's MLB Home Plate Channel (XM 175 and Sirius 210) and Sunday son WFAN-Radio in New York, the flagship station of the New York Mets radio network. He also is a contributor in the multimedia department of MLB.com. Bat for the Cure is dedicated to increasing the public awareness of prostate cancer and providing education about cutting-edge techniques in treatment, prevention and detection.

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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.

What is the Drive Against Prostate Cancer?

It’s big, it’s purple, it’s the Drive Against Prostate Cancer - a nationwide mobile testing program 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.

For more information:

Rays Communications Dept., (727) 825-3242 or Michelle Foley, Manager, Community Relations & Public Affairs, Moffitt Cancer Center, (813) 745-1505, michelle.foley@moffitt.org

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