At Fans for the Cure we know that when detected in its early stages, prostate cancer is ultimately a highly survivable disease. In fact, current studies report that survivability rates for prostate cancer that is detected early are as high as 98%. That said, prostate cancer claimed the lives of 28,000 men in 2015 in the United States alone. Together with our partners, we hold PSA screenings and advocate for early testing for prostate cancer.
When to Get Tested Prostate Cancer
Yet, for men to achieve the most favorable outcomes with prostate cancer, it is important that the disease be diagnosed in its earliest stages. Current medical recommend the following schedule for when men should get their first PSA blood tests for prostate cancer.
- Ages 50-69 who are at average risk for the disease
- Age 45 or older and are African-American
- Age 40 when with at least one first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Raising Awareness about PSA Screenings and Prostate Cancer Testing
A key component of our work entails raising awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of baseline and follow-up testing. Modern medicine has made initial screenings and tests for prostate cancer much more convenient, less invasive, and more reliable than ever before.
Our approach is to not only go where men come together (at sporting events, for example), but also to invite men to attend seminars and information sessions to share up-to-date, reliable medical information, and to answer questions and dispel myths about all aspects of prostate cancer.
Bringing Prostate Cancer Screening to Where Men Are
As prostate cancer treatments achieve best outcomes when the disease is detected early, we work diligently to bring PSA screenings, medical professionals, and educational materials to where men are: at sports stadiums, community centers, local hospitals and major employers.
Through our Summer Road Trip in 2016, we raised awareness at 125 Minor League Baseball games and continued our initiative of pushing for more onsite PSA testing, which our charity and the teams have worked to coordinate with local healthcare organizations.
Working with our medical partners and the New York Yankees for the second year in a row, we conducted a record number PSA screenings and digital rectal examinations (DRE’s) at a Yankees-Red Sox game in September 2016.
We also held another four screenings at hospitals and medical facilities in New York and San Francisco, where our medical partners delivered seminars about prostate cancer, provided free baseline PSA screenings, and offered consultations with onsite healthcare professionals.