2015-09-24 / Front Page

Friday night’s football game will raise awareness of prostate cancer

Blue will be the prominent color when the Red Devils meet First Presbyterian Day School in Macon Friday, September 25.

Friday is the culmination of “Blue Week,” a statewide campaign to raise the public’s awareness of prostate cancer and honor survivors of the disease.

September is “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.”

During the week of September 21-25, all 421 Georgia high school football teams are sporting blue ribbon decals on their helmets. All coaches are wearing blue wrist­bands, and referees are throwing blue penalty flags.

In addition, blue ribbons are be­ing stenciled on playing fields, and public service announcements are being made during halftime.

“Blue Week is just what the doctor ordered,” said Dr. Scott Miller, head robotic surgeon at Georgia Urology of Atlanta. “I am elated that the coaches, high school football fans, players, and their families are team­ing up to fight prostate cancer.”

Regarding deaths from prostate cancer, Georgia ranks #5 (per capita) in the country as one out of every six men will be diagnosed with the disease. The statistics rise to one out of five for African American men.

Moreover, prostate cancer is the #2 cancer killer among men, second only to lung cancer.

“We all know that men do not like to go to doctors and that the wife usually pushes them to go,” Dr. Miller continued. “With both parents at the football game, hope­fully the son, daughter, or mother will force dad to get checked.”

Every member of the family should know that prostate cancer can be cured if detected early. In general, all men should start getting screened for the disease at age 40.

Blue Week is being sponsored by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Atlanta and the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition (GPCC).

Northside Hospital is the leading cancer hospital in Georgia, consist­ing of three acute-care hospitals and more than 120 outpatient service locations across Georgia.

Likewise, Northside specialists perform more surgeries than any other hospital in the state.

Founded in 2000, the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition is a non­profit organization that strives to eliminate deaths in Georgia due to prostate cancer.

GPCC uses 100 percent of the funds raised or donated to achieve its mission of awareness, education, and free prostate cancer screenings for the unemployed and uninsured men of the state.

In 2014, approximately 1,300 were screened for the disease; the number should reach 2,000 this year.

For more information, visit the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition at www.georgiapcc.org.

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