PCAM Media Kit
ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is encouraging all men to learn about prostate cancer risks and promote early detection during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM), which began on September 1. More than 3.1 million men are living with prostate cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American men, and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among men.
This page features soundbites available for download from Jamie Bearse, CEO and President of ZERO, and Tony Minter, a prostate cancer survivor and ZERO Champion, on the importance of early detection. Additional features include biographies of Bearse and Minter, prostate cancer statistics, and information about ZERO.
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What you need to know about Prostate Cancer & Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September)
- Every 15 minutes another American man dies from prostate cancer.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that 268,490 men will be told they have prostate cancer in 2022.
- Currently, there are over 3.1 million American men living with the disease – roughly equal to the population of Chicago.
- Black men are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with and over twice as likely to die from prostate cancer in comparison to White men.
About Jamie Bearse – ZERO’s President & CEO
A nonprofit leader and patient advocate for over 20 years, Bearse is ZERO’s President & CEO. Since taking on the role in 2013, he has led ZERO in quadrupling the size of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, initiating its chapter structure, and launching its ZERO360 patient navigation program.
To read more about Jamie Bearse, click here.
About Tony Minter – Prostate Cancer Survivor
When Tony Minter was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, he was 50 years old and had been monitoring his PSA with his doctor since he began testing at 40. After his treatment, Tony resolved to do whatever he could to educate men about prostate cancer. He is now a passionate ZERO advocate who educates men in his local community about their risk for prostate cancer.
To learn more about Tony Minter, click here.
ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse on Prostate Cancer:
“Use September, which is prostate cancer awareness month as your resolution to get tested every year so you can have that peace of mind to know that you don’t have prostate cancer. Or if you do, you catch it early and you’re able to tackle it with you and your family and get on the other side of it.”
“The Am I at Risk quiz is fantastic because a lot of people don’t know they’re at risk for prostate cancer. Early detection is the key to giving men a fighting chance against prostate cancer. All men are at risk for prostate cancer.”
“There are various factors that increase your risk for being diagnosed with the disease. Those include being African American, a family history with the disease, a veteran who’s been exposed to defoliants or depleted uranium and this quiz assesses such factors as that.”
Prostate Cancer Survivor Tony Minter on Early Detection:
“My prostate cancer journey began in 2012. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer when I went in to see my urologist and she said I have good news and bad news. The bad news is you have prostate cancer. There was this pause and I looked at her. And she said the good news is we may have caught it early.”
“Make sure that you’re talking to your families to learn what your family history is because your family history may be an additional risk factor taht you’ll have to deal with. Prostate cancer is treatable, but you have to catch it early.”
“It’s better to catch it early if you get it. Early detection means better treatment opportunities and better choices on what you can do to not only treat it, but to help combat those nasty side effects you can get with treatment. Educate yourself. Join a support group. Become a part of educating others when you have knowledge.”
“I discovered that it’s not just me who really don’t know about this disease. So one of the things I said when I finished my treatment was that I aspire to inspire before I expire. And that became my passion. So my journey ahs been one of discovery and education of men with prostate cancer and thanks to organizations like ZERO I’ve gotten the tools and the platform to be able to do just that.”
About ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer:
- ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted. ZERO advances research, provides support, and creates solutions to achieve health equity to meet the most critical needs of our community.
- From early detection to survivorship, ZERO is the premier resource for prostate cancer patients and their families to access comprehensive support, make meaningful connections, and take action to save lives.
- Our dedicated national and chapter staff is joined with a growing team of passionate volunteer champions to increase advocacy, awareness, and community engagement to ZERO out prostate cancer.