Back in 2008, on the morning of his Pro Football Hall of Fame dedication, Mike Haynes participated in a free prostate cancer test, offered to retired players by the NFL Player Care Foundation through the American Urological Association (AUA). That led to the discovery that he had prostate cancer.
Today, Mr. Haynes is the official spokesperson for the AUA and speaks out for men across the country about prostate cancer awareness. This week during the lead-up to the XLIV Super Bowl, Hall of Fame members Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, and Deacon Jones will join Haynes in Miami to urge men to “Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer.”
In addition to screenings held in Fort Lauderdale for players, retired players and members of the media, a public service announcement will debut in-stadium at the Super Bowl featuring several football legends.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for American men. One in every six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and 28,000 die each year. African-American men are at a higher risk for developing the disease and more than twice as likely to die.
Prostate cancer is most treatable when caught early. The American Urological Association has recently issued new guidelines recommending that men 40 and older talk with their physician about receiving a physical screening exam and blood test to establish a baseline PSA (prostate-specific antigen).
In addition to regular screenings, men can also make positive lifestyle changes to increase the odds of preventing prostate cancer.
Diet: Maintaining or achieving an ideal body weight througha healthy, balanced diet can reduce the risk of developing many types of cancer, especially those that involve hormone activity, such as prostate cancer. A diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables is recommended. Tomatoes, in particular, contain a compound known as lycopene which has been shown in some studies to be beneficial for the prostate.
Exercise: A recent study from the journal Cancer Causes and Control suggests that an active lifestyle can help protect a man from prostate cancer because of lower levels of androgen hormones. Develop a plan for regular daily activity with a goal of moderate intensity aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
Avoid alcohol: In general, this is no more than 2 drinks per day for men. Studies have shown that regular heavy drinking increases the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
For more information, go to www.knowyourstats.com