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CTCA and NFL Alumni Team Up for Prostate Lab Screening

FIGHTING CANCER: Present at the kick-off press conference at CTCA in Tulsa to call attention to prostate cancer are, from left, prostate cancer survivor Richard Smith, former NFL football player Steve Largent, CTCA Radiation Oncologist Dr. Michael Payne, NFL football legend Ed “Too Tall” Jones and CTCA President and CEO Jay Foley.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. In an effort to increase awareness of the disease and the benefits of early screening, the National Football League Alumni Association (NFLA), Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and LabCorp have teamed up to educate men and increase access to screenings.

A national kick-off press conference to call attention to prostate cancer was held in August at various locations, including at CTCA in Tulsa where former NFL greats Steve Largent and Ed “Too Tall” Jones appeared along with patients, local college and high school coaches, cancer support organization representatives, and local community leaders.

Beginning in September through Oct. 15, 2,000 men, ages 40 and older, who meet eligibility requirements, may sign up to receive a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening by LabCorp at any of its 1,750 locations throughout the U.S. After the first 2,000 free PSA screening spots are filled, eligible men may still schedule a screening at the discounted price of $25 throughout the sign-up period. Screenings must be performed within six months of the sign-up date.

With one in seven men predicted to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 161,360 new prostate cancer diagnoses in 2017. Experts recommend that men who are considered high-risk get screened beginning at age 40. Risk factors include family history and race, with African-American men having a more than 70 percent higher likelihood of developing prostate cancer. 

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA), headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment. CTCA serves patients from around the world at its hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa.

Updated 10-11-2017

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