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Former NFL Players Discuss Prostate Cancer at CTCA


INTERESTING PANEL: CTCA President and CEO Jay Foley, right, introduces the prostate discussion panel. From left are Dr. Kevin Tulipana, Richard Smith, Liffort Hobley, Steve Largent and Jerry Ostroski.


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Cancer Treatment Centers of America hosting a Prostate Pep Talk in September with former NFL players Steve Largent, Liffort Hobley and Jerry Ostroski, and prostate cancer patient Richard Smith. They, along with Dr. Kevin Tulipana, CTCA’s Vice Chief of Staff, were on the panel to discuss statistics and screening practices for prostate cancer to help save lives. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. 

Among the panelists, Largent played at The University of Tulsa and went on to an NFL Hall of Fame career with the Seattle Seahawks. Hobley played at LSU, then played pro one season with the St. Louis Cardinals and seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
Ostroski is currently with local radio’s Sports Animal. He played at The University of Tulsa and went on to play pro ball with the Buffalo Bills. He has a personal connection to prostate cancer, as his father passed away from the disease. Smith is a prostate cancer patient who lives in Norman. Dr. Tulipana is CTCA’s Vice Chief of Staff.

Details: As many as 1,500 men ages 40 and older may sign up to receive a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening at nearly 2,000 LabCorp locations throughout the United States. Eligible men may order their free or discounted PSA screening by visiting Prostate Pep Talk or Health Testing Centers – Prostate Pep Talk.
Testing will be performed by LabCorp and will be available at it’s patient service center locations across the country.

After the first 1,500 free PSA screening spots are filled, eligible men can still access a discounted rate of $25 per screening throughout the sign-up period. Screenings must be performed within six months of the sign-up date.

Men who have a PSA considered outside the normal range should consult with their physician to determine next steps that best suit their needs. Elevated PSA levels do not always indicate prostate cancer. 

Updated 10-16-2018

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