As one of our signature events for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Fans for the Cure brought a night of prostate cancer and awareness testing to MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island. We raised awareness about the benefit of early testing for prostate cancer, as the medical staff from NYU Winthrop Hospital conducted PSA tests for all men who volunteered to get the free blood test. On a gorgeous late summer evening, our work coincided with the Cyclones’ Fan Appreciation Night, which included free team calendars and postgame fireworks.
On-Site PSA Screening
Through NYU Winthrop Hospital, all men who attended the game were encouraged to sit for a free PSA screening. This simple blood test enables medical professionals to set a baseline for the active monitoring of the presence or progression of prostate cancer. Over the course of the evening, dozens of men took the test – each of which only took a few minutes to administer.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Raising
As our medical partners conducted the PSA screenings, our team of volunteers distributed information about the benefits of early prostate cancer testing. Fans for the Cure volunteers handed out pocket-size flyers packed with detailed medical information, up-to-date statistics and links of where to find further information online. Over the course of the evening, we engaged with hundreds of game attendees.
A Great Night Out for a Great Cause
Below are a few more photos from this fun-filled evening.
What is a PSA Screening?
A PSA Screening, also called a PSA Test, is a simple blood test, which measures the concentration of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland. Generally speaking, the higher the PSA number, the greater the potential risk of prostate cancer. That said, while there is a correlation between elevated PSA and prostate cancer, other conditions can also raise PSA levels.