Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is partnering with the NFL Alumni Association during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to spread the word about the importance of prostate cancer screening. Three of the NFL's best-known head coaches—Bill Cowher, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards—share their thoughts about prostate cancer and why early detection is vital to help catch the disease before it spreads. Read below to learn about prostate cancer statistics, symptoms and how to get screened.
Watch as these legendary coaches talk about how they've been impacted by cancer, and what they've learned along the way.
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From September 1 to October 15, 2017, eligible men ages 40 and older may sign up for free or discounted prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests at LabCorp locations in the United States.
The PSA test is a simple, noninvasive analysis that measures PSA levels in the blood. Because PSA levels are elevated in men with prostate cancer, the test is a common early screening tool for diagnosing the disease.Schedule your PSA Screening * Conditions apply; check eligibility for free screening
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer. One in seven U.S. men will be diagnosed with the disease in his lifetime. And for most, it can hit like a blindside tackle, since symptoms—like loss of bladder control, pain during urination, bloody semen, numbness in the hips or legs, or bone pain that won't go away—don't typically develop until the disease has progressed to the advanced stages. It is a serious disease, and its treatments have potentially life-changing side effects, including erectile dysfunction, incontinence, fatigue, nausea, hair loss, shortening of the penis and bowel problems.
And yet, despite the serious nature of the disease and its prevalence, many men choose to skip routine testing—the one step that may help them catch prostate cancer early, when it has higher survival rates and more available treatment options . Screenings that spot most prostate cancers include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, which measures the PSA levels in the blood, and a digital rectal exam (DRE), where your doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to check the prostate's size, shape and texture for signs of irregularities. The DRE has gotten a bad name because it can be uncomfortable and somewhat painful for some. But most men will tell you it's not as bad as they feared-and certainly not as challenging as surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
So what should you do? Get off the sidelines, learn about your own prostate cancer risks and talk to your doctor about getting screened. Nearly 3 million U.S. men are prostate cancer survivors. Because the disease has no warning signs or symptoms, screening may help catch it before it spreads.
The medical community is not aligned on if or when men should get tested, instead urging men to talk to their doctors about whether and when they should be screened. The American Cancer Society (ACS) and American Urological Association recommend testing begin at age 40 for those at high risk; and the ACS says screening should begin at age 50 for the general population.
Since risk factors play a major role in determining when you should pursue screening, consider these risks when deciding when to consult your doctor about being tested for prostate cancer:
If you are at higher risk, talk to your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, now may be the time to find one. Check with your health insurance provider. Consumer Reports has compiled a list of websites that offer information on finding a doctor.
Learning about prostate cancer can help you make important lifestyle choices designed to lower your risks, and if you are diagnosed, it may help you make more informed decisions about your care. So consider the key facts below.
U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed.
men in the United States are prostate cancer survivors.
Source : American Cancer Society
Eligible respondents may sign up for a prostate cancer screening at healthtestingcenters.com between September 1 and October 15, 2017 ("Period"). Free and discounted screenings must be performed within six months of the sign-up date. Confidential screenings may be scheduled by calling the toll-free number on the Health Testing Centers landing page or visiting the Health Testing Centers website. Free prostate cancer screenings will be available to the first 2,000 eligible respondents. After the first 2,000 respondents sign up, eligible men who sign up during the Period may obtain screenings at a discounted rate of $25 per screening. Screenings are available to males 40 years of age and older. Screenings may take place at any LabCorp patient service center in the United States. LabCorp is responsible for conducting the screenings. LabCorp and Health Testing Centers are responsible for providing participants with their PSA results (which shall be delivered via Health Testing Centers' secure electronic portal). Screenings will only include a blood test that measures prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in the blood. There will be no invasive prostate exam as part of this program. Neither LabCorp, Health Testing Centers, CTCA nor the NFL Alumni Association are responsible for any follow-up care to participants after the screening. Participants are encouraged to consult their individual health care provider for any follow-up or treatment. Men who are getting the free and discounted screenings are personally responsible for travel and related costs to and from LabCorp patient service centers. Participants shall release and hold harmless LabCorp, Health Testing Centers, CTCA and the NFL Alumni Association and each of their affiliates from any claims participants may have related to this program and the screenings. Additional screenings, visits, diagnoses and treatments may result in additional charges that are also the responsibility of the participants.Schedule your PSA Screening
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