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Meet Ed Randall
Ed Randall is a prostate cancer survivor and founder of Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure, a 501c3 charity dedicated to saving lives by increasing awareness of prostate cancer and the life-saving value of early detection while providing education and information to reduce risk, detect, and treat prostate cancer.
Why Ed Randall Cares about Prostate Cancer Screening
The day Ed Randall was diagnosed with prostate cancer—a lot of prostate cancer—he felt fine. That's because prostate cancer often has no symptoms.
As Randall went through treatment, he thought about the tens, hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of American men who were like him, living under the delusion that they were fine because they felt fine. Soon after going into remission he determined to get the message out there:
Prostate cancer screening is necessary to the early detection of prostate cancer … and early detection of prostate cancer saves lives.
A routine physical and blood test saved Ed Randall's life. There were no prior warning signs or history of cancer in his family. As shocked as he was to learn about his prostate cancer, as he learned more, he saw that his story was the best-case scenario.
With early detection, prostate cancer has a 97% cure rate. Despite that high cure rate, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
Consider prostate cancer statistics:
- 1 in 4 black men and 1 in 6 white men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the US. That is approximately 240,890 men.
- Every 15 minutes, 24/7, a man dies from prostate cancer.
- The 5-year survival rate approaches 100% if prostate cancer is detected in the early stage.
- Men have a 33% higher rate of being diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman has of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Early Detection of Prostate Cancer Saves Lives
Randall came to the inevitable conclusion that there was a gap in awareness about early detection, and he sought to change this. With such daunting odds, he felt obligated to raise the visibility of this fight for life. Because prostate cancer is asymptomatic and there is no self test for the disease, detection requires regular prostate cancer screening. And every man needs to know this information. It’s as simple as that.
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