In recognition of Prostate Awareness Month, the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation and the National Football League (NFL) have teamed up to launch the "Know Your Stats" campaign to drive awareness of prostate cancer nationwide.
Now in its 4th year, the campaign aims to promote prostate health and tackle the lack of awareness by encouraging men 40+ to talk with their doctors about prostate cancer and get regular physical examinations.
Prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer, claims over 33,000 lives each year. One in six men will receive the diagnosis at some point in their lives. Luckily, with early detection, people with prostate cancer have a high survival rate. In fact, if detected early, the 5-year survival rate is almost 100%.
Former NFL players and Hall of Famers Harry Carson and Mike Haynes have joined the effort to reach men about this critical health issue.
About Mike Haynes:
Widely recognized as one of the NFL's greatest defensive backs, Hall of Fame inductee Mike Haynes began his career with the New England Patriots in 1976. After seven years, he moved on to the Los Angeles Raiders. Since his retirement from football in 1989, Mike has made a career of giving back to his community. As a spokesman for "Know Your Stats," and as a prostate cancer survivor himself, Mike is committed to helping men take control of their health.
About Harry Carson:
A linebacker for the New York Giants from 1976 to 1988, Harry Carson has one of the longest careers in NFL history, culminating with his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Harry has launched a successful career in sports broadcasting since his retirement from the Giants, and considers his partnership with "Know Your Stats" an opportunity to help fellow players, along with fans, make positive choices about their health.