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Prostate Cancer Advocates Circulate Petition to the NFL

As Stadiums and Players Turn Pink this Month, Cancer Advocates Say Great, But Ask Where’s the Blue?

October 13, 2010 -- As NFL stadiums and players turn pink this month in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, prostate cancer advocates salute the pink effort and are asking the NFL for equal opportunity awareness time for prostate cancer, a disease that currently affects 2.5 million American men. Within three business days, online petitions have gathered nearly 1,500 signatures from patients, family members and advocates.

“While men are also affected by breast cancer, in incidence and mortality, prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women,” says Dan Zenka, vice president of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and a recently diagnosed patient currently in treatment for advanced, metastatic disease. “The breast cancer movement has done a remarkable job in making inroads with the NFL and raising awareness. Football is an American family sport and we hope the NFL will join us in helping to protect both men and women—families need healthy fathers and brothers, as well as mothers and sisters.”

The online petitions, asking the NFL to support prostate cancer awareness equally can be found and signed on PCF’s website, Click on the “Help Football Fans See Blue” banner on the homepage.

In 2010, it is projected that in the U.S. 218,000 new cases will be diagnosed—one every 2.4 minutes, and more than 32,000 American men will die from prostate cancer—a death every 16.4 minutes.

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