Harrisburg Great Prostate Cancer Challenge
Nov 2, 2011
One in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime That's why ZERO, the Project to End Prostate Cancer is organizing events across the country, like the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, to raise awareness and raise funds for research.
We spoke with ZERO's Melissa Kadish, who told us about the event and talked about the need for more awareness. She says that men need to take control of their health, get to the doctor for a PSA test, and become more comfortable with raising awareness for this disease.
Harrisburg, PA cancer survivors and prostate cancer advocates, Jay Snyder and Thomas Goodman, Jr., shared their personal stories about how they faced prostate cancer. And both of these men are using heir own experience to reach out to other men to encourage them to get a PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. This simple blood test can be a life-saver for men with early stage prostate cancer.
Urologist Dr. Paul Smith, Jr. of Urology of Central PA, says that despite the recent controversy surrounding PSA tests, men should still get screened for cancer. Jay and Thomas attended this year's ZERO conference in Washington DC, where they met other survivors, legislators and the researchers who are working hard to end prostate cancer. Jay says he's excited about where the research is going and hopes to see the day when there's a cure.