As the Panther Nation gets ready for this year’s Lufkin High School football season to kick off, the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation and the National Football League (NFL) are gearing up for another year of encouraging men to “Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer®.” The national campaign is focused on turning awareness into action by encouraging men to talk with their doctors about their risk for prostate cancer.
Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin and the Lufkin Panthers are joining the Know Your Stats campaign to help bring awareness to prostate cancer on September 21. The hospital is hosting a complimentary breakfast with the opportunity to ask physicians the tough questions and meet some of the 2012 Lufkin Panther players and new LHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Quick.
Local urologists Dr. David Price and Dr. Cooper Buschemeyer will provide critical health information to Angelina County men ages 40 and older, encouraging them to talk to their doctors about their urologic health and prostate cancer risk.
“About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime,” Memorial Public Information Officer and Marketing Director Yana Ogletree said. “The odds are too high for us to sit back and not let our community know what they can do to prevent this deadly disease. We’re excited to welcome the Lufkin Panthers players and Coach Quick to this breakfast as we try to get the word out during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.”
The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Medical Staff Meeting Room on the Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin campus. Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP to Melissa Crager at 631-3099 or [email protected].
Led by Pro Football Hall of Fame player and prostate cancer survivor Mike Haynes, fans and NFL players across the country can join the team at KnowYourStats.org to help spread the word about prostate cancer and the importance of knowing the risk factors.
Because prostate cancer is most treatable when caught and managed early, the AUA recommends that men 40 and older talk with their doctors about prostate cancer and their risks. Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer should know that not all prostate cancers require treatment, and that not every treatment is perfect for every man. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, talk to your doctor about what your treatment options are and which one may be best for you.
What You Should Know, or Share with the Men in Your Life, About Prostate Cancer:
- Prostate cancer defense begins at 40. Talk with your doctor to learn more about your prostate health and cancer risk.
- Not all prostate cancers require active treatment and not all are life-threatening. The decision to proceed with active treatment is one that men should discuss in detail with their urologists.
- Not every treatment is perfect for every man. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, talk to your doctor about what is right for you.
- Know Your Stats – and don't let prostate cancer take you out of the game. Visit KnowYourStats.org to learn more.
Prostate cancer is most treatable when caught early. The American Urological Association recommends men get a baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test at age 40 and talk with their doctors to create a prostate health plan based on lifestyle and family history. PSA helps detect prostate cancer; men who are screened at age 40 establish a baseline score that can be tracked over time.