Program encourages prostate cancer defense

09/03/2010

GREEN BAY – The American Urological Association Foundation and the National Football League have a message for men over the age of 40: “Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer.”

That message, being spread nationwide, is intended to encourage men to be as passionate about their prostate health as they are about their favorite football players and teams.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 186,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States. Only skin cancer is more common.

And if such numbers aren’t sobering enough, Bellin Health and its partners are offering Green Bay Packers tickets as an incentive for men across Northeast Wisconsin to take prostate health more seriously.

The Cancer Team at Bellin Health, Urology Associates of Green Bay and Radiation Oncology Specialists of RAA will host a free community class from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Lambeau Field, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay.

The class, “Are You at Risk for Prostate Cancer?,” will be held in the Legends Level of Lambeau Field. Experts will discuss myths and facts about prostate cancer. As an incentive to encourage men to take the matter more seriously, attendees will have an opportunity to win two Green Bay Packers game tickets.

“Prostate cancer is something we’re encouraging men in their forties to ask questions about while also encouraging them to be more proactive in better ensuring prostate health in general,” said Dr. Patrick Mansky of the Cancer Team at Bellin Health. “There are many misconceptions surrounding this disease and we’re giving men in Northeast Wisconsin a first-hand opportunity to receive free, reliable and professional information about it.”

Registration is required to attend the September 7 event. For registration information, please call (920) 445-7373. Space is limited.