With September being National Prostate Health Month, Greenwich Hospital partnered with "Ed Randall's Fans for a Cure" charity foundation for the third consecutive year Friday night to raise awareness on prostate cancer and offer free screenings.
Former major league baseball players Willie Upshaw, Phil Linz and Fred Cambria joined longtime baseball radio host and prostate cancer survivor Ed Randall in the Noble Conference Center to talk baseball.
Randall is a post-game analyst for the New York Yankees' commercial telecasts. In 2002 he started "Fans for a Cure" to educate the public on prostate cancer prevention and treatment.
"I had no history of cancer in the family and of course no symptoms, because prostate cancer has no symptoms and it was frankly shocking," Randall said. "What we advocate at the charity is that there's a 96 to 97 percent cure rate if prostate cancer is detected early so why wouldn't you want to go to the doctors?"
"Although more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer, fewer men are dying from prostate cancer so that must mean that the screening process that we're doing, although not perfect and not without risks has benefited as far as decreasing the mortality rate from prostate cancer."
Reports show every hour 24 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. It's the most common non-skin cancer in America, striking 240,000 men each year, enough to fill Yankee Stadium five times. Studies also show a man is 33 percent more likely to get Prostate Cancer than a woman is to get breast cancer.
"If one has prostate cancer, based on your age, your health, the greater your cancer, would dictate what you do, whether that would be radiation therapy, surgeries, medicines or a combination of all."
"We have a tremendous responsibility to get the men in this country to recognize prostate cancer has no symptoms and there's a great chance that even if you're diagnosed with it you'll be okay."
For more information visit fans4thecure.org or Greenwich hospital's website.