Prostate Cancer Stats
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.[i]
- African Americans and men with a family history are at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer[ii]; African American men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer.[iii]
- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States[iv] - more than 210,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010.[v]
To help combat these statistics, the American Urological Association (AUA) recommends that men 40 and older talk with their doctors about prostate cancer testing, an individual decision that needs to be discussed with physicians.
Prostate cancer is most treatable when caught early. The AUA recommends men get a baseline PSA test at age 40 and talk with their doctors to create a prostate health plan based on lifestyle and family history. The future risk of prostate cancer is closely related to a man's PSA score, and men who are screened at age 40 establish a baseline score that can be tracked over time.
While most men might know the stats of their favorite NFL player, they are likely unaware of other important statistics that could one day save their lives. As a result, the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation and the National Football League (NFL) teamed up in 2009 to encourage men to "Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer®," the second leading cause of cancer death for American men.
The AUA Foundation and the NFL have built upon a relationship that started in 2007 when the NFL began implementing prostate cancer screenings for retired players conducted by the AUA Foundation.
It was at one of these NFL Player Care/AUA Foundation screenings at the NFL Hall of Fame weekend in 2008 that led to the discovery that Mike Haynes had prostate cancer. As someone who benefitted from early detection, Haynes is leading the charge for "Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer®" and continues to recruit other football legends, or "Team Haynes" members, to join the effort and help men and their loved ones fully understand this disease.
Now in its second year of educating men about prostate cancer, the "Know Your Stats" campaign, supported by an increasing number of NFL greats and prostate cancer survivors, marked Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September by taking its message to the grassroots level with more than 500 events in hospitals in more than 300 cities nationwide and a new series of public service announcements. Men and their loved ones can always visit www.KnowYourStats.org for information about prostate cancer.
Former players, coaches and their families have joined Team Haynes to help promote prostate cancer awareness, including: Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers), Frank Biletnikoff (Oakland Raiders), Melvin Blount (Pittsburgh Steelers), Willie Brown (Oakland Raiders), Mabel and Harry Carson (NY Giants), Ted Cottrell (Atlanta Falcons), Len Dawson (Kansas City Chiefs), Fred Dean (San Francisco 49ers), Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys), Frank Gifford (New York Giants), Joe Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers), Mike Haynes (New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders), Thomas L. Jackson (Denver Broncos), Deacon Jones (Los Angeles Rams), Willie Lanier (Kansas City Chiefs), Yale Lary (Detroit Lions), Marv Levy (Buffalo Bills), Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens), Bob Lilly (Dallas Cowboys), Larry Little (Miami Dolphins), James Lofton (Green Bay Packers), Ronnie Lott (San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets) John Madden (Oakland Raiders), Dan Marino, (Miami Dolphins), Bobby Mitchell (Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), Ron Mix (San Diego Chargers), Warren Moon (Houston Oilers), Lenny Moore (Baltimore Colts), Anthony Munoz (Cincinnati Bengals), Ozzie Newsome (Cleveland Browns), Roger Staubach (Dallas Cowboys), Charlie Sanders (Detroit Lions), Pollie Shaw (wife of Billy Shaw, Buffalo Bills), Jim Taylor (Green Bay Packers), Andre Tippett (New England Patriots), Merle Wilcox (wife of Dave Wilcox, San Francisco 49ers), Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers), Jack Youngblood (Los Angeles Rams) and Gary Zimmerman (Denver Broncos).