For the third year, the New York Yankees will team up with Ed Randall's Fans for the Cure, to save the lives of their fans and employees from prostate cancer at the dawning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Prior to and during Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. game against the Chicago White Sox, men over the age of 40 can visit the area on the Main Level Concourse behind home plate (on the 200 Level), where doctors and nurses from the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center will be standing by to administer PSA blood tests. Those fans will have the option of continuing on to the first aid room across the hall to take digital rectal exams, a highly accurate marker for the disease.
The statistics regarding prostate cancer are saddening. One in six Caucasian men, one in five Hispanic men and one in four African-American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the #1 non-skin cancer in United States. Approximately 240,000 men will receive a prognosis of prostate cancer in the calendar year 2013, enough to fill Yankee Stadium five times.
According to the American Cancer Society, every day over 650 American men will find out they have prostate cancer and approximately 80 others will die as a result of the disease. A man is 33% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is breast cancer. And yet, there is a 97% cure rate if prostate cancer is detected early. "I was 47 years old with no history of cancer in the family and no symptoms when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer," said Founder and CEO Ed Randall. "Being granted a second at-bat at life, I learned that prostate cancer has no symptoms. Early detection saved my life and we are here to keep men in the ballgame so that they can come to Yankee Stadium for years to come."
At the last screening, 305 men answered the call to action and 17 were found to have elevated PSA levels, including veteran umpire John Hirschbeck.
Ed Randall's Fans for the Cure (www.fans4thecure.org) was established in 2003, dedicated to the proposition of spreading the twin gospels of prostate cancer awareness and the life-saving value of early detection, of which Ed Randall, a cancer survivor, can attest.