MINNEAPOLIS RACES TO BETTER PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS
Released on: September 17, 2008, 8:25 am
Press Release Author: Hundreds Lend Support to National Effort
Press Release Summary: This year, hundreds of Minnesotans will join a national effort in the fight against prostate cancer. On Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m., the Fifth Annual Hartford PACE Race Ė which includes runners and walkers at all fitness levels Ė will help support the mission of the Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) by raising awareness of prostate cancer. This event, which will take place at scenic Lake Nokomis, is part of the PCECís national PACE Race Series, which helps to educate men and their families on the importance of early detection.
Press Release Body: MINNEAPOLIS Ė This year, hundreds of Minnesotans will join a national effort in the fight against prostate cancer. On Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m., the Fifth Annual Hartford PACE Race Ė which includes runners and walkers at all fitness levels Ė will help support the mission of the Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) by raising awareness of prostate cancer. This event, which will take place at scenic Lake Nokomis, is part of the PCECís national PACE Race Series, which helps to educate men and their families on the importance of early detection.
ďAlthough prostate cancer is often treatable when caught early, it continues to take the lives of thousands of men each year. Having lost my father to the disease, I have made it my personal mission to help educate others about the importance of early detection and screening,Ē said Mary Anderson, Race Director, Anderson Race Management. ďFighting cancer requires community education and we are excited to be a part of this PCEC event.Ē
The only race dedicated to prostate cancer awareness in Minnesota, The Hartford PACE Race provides an opportunity for the whole family to join the fight, with a 5K run/walk and a half mile kidís race. Additionally, as part of their efforts to raise greater prostate cancer awareness in Minneapolis, the PCEC and The Hartford will provide gift bags for race participants and host a race-day prostate cancer education booth where people can talk to a doctor and pick up informational materials.
ďRaising awareness about prostate cancer is extremely important to us, as the disease currently affects more than 2 million American men,Ē said Wendy Poage, President, Prostate Cancer Education Council. ďWith races throughout the country, we have a real opportunity to touch men in all walks of life and educate them, and their families, about this devastating disease.Ē
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. With a one in six lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer, estimates for 2008 indicate that more than 186,000 men will be diagnosed in the United States, and nearly 28,700 will die from the disease. The second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer, prostate cancer is often treatable if detected early.
U.S. marathon legend Bill Rodgers, the national spokesperson for the PACE Race Series and a prostate cancer survivor, cannot stress the importance of screenings enough. ďIt is my hope that all men at risk for prostate cancer are screened for this deadly disease. Itís the best way to detect prostate cancer in its early stages because there are no early warning signs or symptoms,Ē he said. ďEven though I began running again only four months after my tumor was removed, I continue to receive regular screenings and advise other men to do the same.Ē
The PACE Race Series Ė sponsored by sanofi-aventis to benefit the PCEC Ė was launched in 2002 to increase national awareness of prostate cancer. To learn more about prostate cancer, the PACE Race Series or PCEC, please visit www.prostateconditions.org.
About the PACE Race Series Men, women, families, friends and neighbors Ė at all fitness levels Ė are invited to participate in the PACE Race Series. This 5K run/walk series was launched in 2002 by the PCEC to increase awareness of prostate cancer and to educate men and their families on the importance of early detection. With events across the country, the PACE Race Series has the ability to touch men and women of all walks of life. For more information please visit www.pacerace.org.
About the Prostate Cancer Education Council A national organization committed to menís health, the Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of men, the women in their lives, as well as the medical community about prostate cancer prevalence, the importance of early detection, and available treatment options, as well as other menís health issues. The Council Ė comprised of a consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer advocates Ė aims to conduct nation wide screenings for men and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. More information is available at www.prostateconditions.org.
About The Hartford Dr. Craig Davidson of The Hartford commented, ďThe big story is the success in the fight against prostate cancer. Two decades ago only one out of two men survived 10 years or more with prostate cancer. Today it is nine out of 10. This dramatic success has been in part due to organizations like the PCEC increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate cancer screening. As a result of this success, The Hartford is able to offer affordable life insurance to many prostate cancer survivors. This is The Hartfordís second year sponsoring this race and we couldnít be more delighted with this partnership.Ē For more information please visit www.thehartford.com.
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