ORCHARD PARK, NY — For the third consecutive year, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the Buffalo Bills are hosting the Prostate Cancer Early Diagnosis Outreach Clinic, a free prostate cancer education and early detection event, encouraging men to learn their own statistics such as their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, family history or other factors that may raise their prostate cancer risk. RPCI doctors will be performing free screenings in the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium that will include prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and digital rectal exams (DRE) for eligible men.
Special appearances will be made throughout the event by the Buffalo Jills, Buffalo Bills alumni and Buffalo Bills players. Tours of Ralph Wilson Stadium will be offered for attendees, who will also be eligible to win raffle prizes.
“This event drives home the idea that knowledge of your health is empowering,” says James Mohler, MD, Associate Director and Senior-Vice President for Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Urology at RPCI. “Knowing your statistics and risk factors and getting the recommended screenings help detect these cancers at their earliest stages, when patients have the most options available to them.”
One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but with early detection, about 90 percent of these cancers will be cured. RPCI recommends that men begin annual screening with the PSA test and digital rectal exam at age 50; and that men with other risk factors—family history, being African American or having known genetic mutations—begin the screenings at age 40.
Pre-registration for “Know Your Statistics” is encouraged. Men planning to attend the clinic should call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or complete the online registration form at www.roswellpark.org/knowyourstatistics.
Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills are a progressive organization and pride themselves on the regionalization of their team. They hold their training camp in Rochester, NY and were the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that began in 2008. As Western New York’s top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain three quarter of a million fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, produce the region’s number-one rated sports television programming, have one of the NFL’s largest fan clubs with the Bills Backers, and host the most visited team website in Western New York. Under the guidance of Hall of Fame member and original team founder, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Bills will play one regular season game in Toronto in 2012. For more Bills information, visit buffalobills.com, call 716-648-1800, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/buffalobills, follow the Bills on Twitter at twitter.com/buffalobills or get the Bills mobile app via buffalobills.com/fans/mobile-app.html.
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.
Tara Yates, RPCI Director of Public Affairs