Contact: Melissa Kadish, Press Secretary
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Apr 13, 2012
The Drive Against Prostate Cancer Brings Free Testing to Myrtle Beach
Washington, DC - More than 4,100 men in South Carolina will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, but there is hope through awareness and early detection. That’s why ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer has teamed up with Atlantic Urology Clinics and Carolina Regional Cancer Center to offer the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, the only nationwide mobile prostate cancer testing program.
Hundreds of men can be tested for FREE on May 18 and 19, 2012. The test consists of a simple blood test and a physical examination. Local physicians will provide this free and confidential testing in as little as 10 minutes without an appointment. Each man will receive a notification letter that explains the test results, a list of local resources for follow-up care, and additional health information.
“More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer. “Yearly testing is the key to early detection and successful treatment of the disease.”
There are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is in the early stages, so testing is vitally important. The chances of a man getting prostate cancer are one in three with one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83 percent with two close relatives and 97 percent with three. African American men are at special risk for the disease, with the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, one in four men. They are also 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease.
The FREE testing will be available to the public:
- Friday, May 18th
Martin's PGA Tour Super Store
1400 29th Ave N Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Saturday, May 19th
Bass Pro Shop
10177 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
About ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer (zerocancer.org)
At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but also to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life; with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering, and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journey. To accomplish our goal, we provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. We increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end the disease.