NFL Hall of Fame Player Michael Haynes, former defensive back for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders, and Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the NFL, is the new spokesperson of The American Urological Association Foundation (AUA Foundation).
In the last year, Haynes was diagnosed with prostate cancer, after attending a screening event conducted by the AUA Foundation and supported by the NFL Player Care Foundation. Now a prostate cancer survivor, Haynes has taken on the role of Spokesperson for the Foundation, speaking out for prostate cancer awareness for men across the country. Knowing that African American men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, Haynes works tirelessly to spread the word – awareness saves lives.
“As role models for current players and the general public alike, former players such as me have an obligation to serve as leaders in our communities by encouraging men to take charge of their prostate health and to get screened annually for prostate cancer,” says Mike Haynes.
On Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 from 3pm to 6pm CST, The AUA Foundation and the NFL Player Care Foundation will be holding an NFL Prostate Cancer screening event during the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. The screening will be in the Williford Room on the third floor of the Hilton Chicago. There will be over thirty former NFL players in attendance to receive free screenings.
The two organizations have teamed up in a national initiative to promote prostate health in former NFL players and bring awareness to prostate cancer screening. All NFL Alumni and visiting members of the press can take advantage of this free screening program.
“Retired NFL players should be proud that they are taking charge of their health and serving as leaders in the community, says Michael Haynes, spokesperson for the AUA Foundation. “We hope that this will encourage other men to get screened for prostate cancer, as I did.”
Conflicting reports have come out in the media recently regarding prostate cancer screenings. The AUA Foundation is concerned that two recent studies about prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing may present confusing information for patients about the value of this critical prostate-cancer screening test. The AUA Foundation strongly believes that the decision to screen is one that a man should make in conjunction with his physician, and supports the screening recommendations of the American Urological Association.
The AUA Foundation will be issuing an official Patient Guide outlining what men need to know when it comes to prostate cancer screening. The Guide will be introduced on Monday, April 27th at the AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago in conjunction with the AUA’s new best practices statement on prostate cancer screening.
About Prostate Cancer
· Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting only men in the United States.
· In 2008, 1 in 6 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
· More than 28,000 men died of the disease in 2008.
· Prostate cancer is most treatable when found early.
About the AUA Foundation:
Established in 1987, the AUA Foundation is the patient and public voice for urology, and the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA). Our unique relationship with the AUA makes the Foundation the trusted source for the most accurate and current urologic health information.
Melody Barbosa, AUA