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 5-year relative survivability rates for prostate cancer are as high as 99%. That said, prostate cancer will claim the lives of almost 27,000 men in 2017 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 For Prostate Cancer
Yet, for men to achieve the most favorable outcomes and have access to the most treatment options with prostate cancer, it is important that the disease be diagnosed in its earliest stages. The American Cancer Society recommends the following schedule for men who are considering 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 and reliable medical information, as well as to answer questions and dispel myths about all aspects of prostate cancer.
Bringing Prostate Cancer Screenings to Men Who are Most At-Risk
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 recent Summer Road Trips, we raised awareness at over 300 Minor League Baseball games since 2015. Fans for the Cure has continued its 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 our supporters from Minor League Baseball – as well as the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels, and other MLB teams – we aim to break our charity’s records for most screenings in a season in 2018.
By September 2017, we had held over twenty men’s health seminars at hospitals and medical facilities in New York and around the country. At these events, our medical partners delivered seminars about prostate cancer, provided free baseline PSA screenings, and offered consultations with onsite healthcare professionals.