NFL Hall-of-Famer Trying to Prevent Prostate Cancer

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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: craiggroehn



NFL Hall-of-Famer Michael Haynes won his fight against prostate cancer and has been in remission for five years. However, he admits that when he was diagnosed he was completely in the dark and had to ask his doctor what the gland was for. Haynes participated in a screening event hosted by the Urology Care Foundation at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He was very lucky that it was caught early.
It is because of this lack of awareness of the disease and how prominent it is in men that the NFL and the Urology Care Foundation have teamed up for the fifth season to conduct the Know Your Stats campaign. The campaign seeks to raise awareness and encourage men to know their prostate cancer risk. Not only is prostate cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, but one in six men who watched the Super Bowl this year will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The stats are scary and will hopefully encourage more men to be screened.
Haynes serves as spokesperson for the Know Your Stats campaign. His job as spokesperson is to travel, educate, and inspire men to learn more about the disease and their prostate cancer risk. Haynes acknowledges his own former ignorance about the disease and hopes to help spread awareness so that other men are not in the dark, as he was. Haynes said “we know that most men will likely get it, but men don’t talk to men about it and fathers aren’t talking to their sons about it…Getting guys to talk about health is the effort for us and knowing the symptoms of prostate cancer will keep them alive a lot longer.”
The risk factors for getting Prostate Cancer are age, race, and family history. You are most likely to get the disease if you are over 40 and an African-American. If there has been prostate cancer in your family, you are three times more likely to get the disease. Haynes real goal and the aim of the Know Your Stats campaign is to encourage men to get tested for their health.

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