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The National Football League Alumni Association (NFLA) has teamed up with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in an important fight—to raise awareness among league alumni and football fans about the screening, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. CTCA has committed to providing prostate cancer treatment and integrative therapies to at least one NFL alum at each of its five hospitals as part of this program.
The partnership is designed to make an impact on a disease that afflicts nearly one in seven U.S. men. Prostate cancer ranks as the second most common cancer among U.S. men, behind non-melanoma skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2014, and more than 29,000 men succumbed to the disease.
“Routine screening has significantly improved the outlook for men with prostate cancer, which is very treatable when diagnosed early. And innovative technology has helped reduce the side effects of treatment,” said Maurie Markman, MD, President of Medicine and Science at CTCA.
The NFL Alumni Association, a group of former league players, coaches and other employees committed to helping ex-players and their families with medical, financial and social programs, says the partnership fits neatly into the organization’s mission. "Providing health and wellness programs to our members is the top priority of our organization, and this partnership addresses one of the biggest health concerns among men today,” says Joe Pisarcik, NFLA’s President and CEO.
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