Prostate Cancer Awareness is on the Rise

Prostate cancer impacts millions of lives around the world each year. In fact, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. [1] Like most health conditions, public awareness is key in the fight against prostate cancer. Each year more and more celebrities, athletes and organizations join in the cause to raise prostate cancer awareness, an effort which touches the lives of those impacted by the disease.

Celebrities Committed to Raising Prostate Cancer Awareness

Ed Randall

Ed Randall is a famous television personality who became a household name with his show Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball. The show aired nationally from 1988 to 2002. Some of his most famous interviews included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson, Harry Caray and actor Bill Murray.

Today Mr. Randall is the CEO and Founder of Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure (FFTC). Established in 2003, FFTC has since host more than 1,500 prostate cancer awareness days/nights at major league and minor league ballparks throughout the country. Ed also travels the US hosting town halls with survivors, physician and policy makers, sparking conversation about how to most effectively diagnose and fight the disease. Learn more about FFTC at their official website: https://fans4thecure.org/ [2]

Harry Belafonte

Beloved musician Harry Belafonte is accredited with popularizing calypso music. Today his name has also become synonymous with the effort to raise prostate cancer awareness. Mr. Belafonte was diagnosed at the age of 69. After undergoing treatment, Belafonte set out to ignite conversation around the impact of the disease and the importance of early detection. Much of his work has focused on raising awareness in the African American community and dispelling the stigma of undergoing prostate examination. [3]

Ben Stiller

When you hear the name Ben Stiller, plenty of things come to mind. The famous comedian, actor and filmmaker has stared in a host of iconic comedies since he first began his Hollywood career nearly 3 decades ago. Today Ben is not only a star, but he is a husband and a father who has most recently made headlines as an advocate of early prostate cancer detection. Ben made headlines just last year when he spoke out about his 2014 prostate cancer diagnosis and encouraged others to take an active role in monitoring their prostate health. [4]

Organizations Supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness & Research

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to host the annual PCF Home Run Challenge. The annual event brings together the biggest names in baseball to raise money for research. Monetary pledges are made based upon the number of home runs hit throughout the week leading up to Father’s Day. Since the inception of the PCF Home Run Challenge in 1997, it has raised more than $40 million for prostate cancer research. Visit www.homerunchallenge.org to access a schedule and to make a pledge. [5]

This is just a small sampling of the growing list of personalities and organizations who are joining the cause. As we celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness month this September, we encourage you to watch for messaging from these individuals and organizations, as well as others joining in the conversation. While you’re at it, do your part to shed light on the topic. Share information about the importance of raising public awareness and early detection. Together we can make a difference.

 

  • American Cancer Society. Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer. (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
  • Fans for the Cure. About Us; Ed Randall. (Access August 7, 2017) https://fans4thecure.org/
  • Harry Belafonte Speaks Up Against Prostate Cancer. (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.oncolink.org/cancers/prostate/support-and-resources/survivor-stories/harry-belafonte-speaks-up-against-prostate-cancer
  • Ben Stiller: Prostate Cancer Test ‘Save My Live.’ (Access August 7, 2017) http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/04/health/ben-stiller-prostate-cancer/index.html
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation. Support Our Partners. (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.pcf.org/c/support-our-partners/