BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 19, 2017 / Press Release Provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America® – According to recent news released by Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, men contract prostate cancer more frequently than any other type of cancer. Accordingly, the National Football League Alumni Association (NFL Alumni) partnered with Cancer Treatment Centers of America® and LabCorp® to make men more aware of the danger. The partnership was developed so that men over the age of 40 would find encouragement to get tested. Starting in September of 2017, free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests sponsored by LabCorp® became available to 2,000 men aged 40 and up.
Men who are currently interested in getting screened need to meet specific eligibility requirements. Eligible participants will have access to 1,750 LabCorp facilities located across the United States. Once the initial 2,000 candidates have completed their PSA tests, more men will become eligible to get the screenings during the enrollment period for a $29 fee. Men who sign up must agree take the test within a period of six months after the enrollment date.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men are likely to contract prostate cancer. Furthermore, it is estimated that the year 2017 will witness an additional 161,360 cases. Researchers urge high-risk men to get tested when they are 40 years old. Individuals who are at greater risk of contracting prostate cancer include those who are of African-American lineage and men with a family history of the disease. African-American men are more likely to develop the illness. Public service announcements made by former National Football League coaches will help men understand their risks and influence them to have the PSA screenings. Men need to understand that the PSA test is a simple blood test that is completed in a couple of minutes.
Herm Edwards, a former NFL coach, mentioned that several of his acquaintances had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He said that his hope is to help men become more aware of the need to get the test. On August 30th, NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, hosted a press conference about the free PSA screenings. Several Former NFL players publicly supported the effort.
Sean Cavanaugh, an oncologist at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, said that the first step in fighting prostate cancer is to get a PSA test. He mentioned that he was honored to work with the NFLA to make men more aware of the test and various treatment options.
Men who qualify for the free or discounted PSA test can visit Prostate Pep Talk or Health Testing Centers – Prostate Pep Talk. LabCorp® will perform the tests at any of its service centers. Men are cautioned to remember that elevated PSA levels do not always indicate cancer. A person can have an elevated level without having the disease.
Gary M. Huff, chief operating officer of LabCorp Diagnostics, said that LabCorp® was happy to form a dedicated partnership with the NFLA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. He said that everyone involved in the project hoped that men would experience improved lives.
A Few Words about the National Football League Alumni Association
The National Football League Alumni Association is composed of former NFL players, coaches, staff members, cheerleaders and spouses. The members are dedicated to assisting former NFL players, their spouses and their children. The association provides various social, medical and financial assistance programs so that former players can lead healthy lives. The association also sponsors the Caring for Kids program.
A Brief Description of LabCorp®
LabCorp® (NYSE: LH), is a global life sciences company involved in helping patients obtain better care via laboratory testing and drug development. LabCorp’s basic philosophy is to help people improve their lives via technologically advanced medications and diagnostic tools.
A Brief Introduction to Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, also known as CTCA, has it headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. and consist of five separate national hospitals formed within one network. The centers help patients who need to find alternative cancer treatments in addition to traditional therapies. The center offers genomic testing with targeting cancer treatments, surgical procedures, radiation therapy immunotherapy and chemotherapy combined with other therapies providing physical and emotional support.
With locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa, patients have options to work with professional medical teams catering to their specific requirements. The centers stick to a core belief that the needs of patients are of primary importance. The five centers have achieved high ratings from consumer surveys.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® has its own unique approach for fighting cancer. The first level involves treating cancer with advanced equipment, tests and treatments. First, the center’s physicians focus on offering traditional remedies including radiation and chemotherapy. Next, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® offers patients therapies to combat nausea, tiredness, pain and numerous other side effects experience by cancer patients.
When patients have more control over their negative side effects, they are able to live more productive lives free from pain. Patients also appreciate the warm environment where they receive complete care under one roof without having to make appointments at several medical facilities. Plus, doctors and nurses give patients the information they need so that they can make intelligent decisions about their health.