Chad Cota joins Providence and the NFL Know Your Stats Prostate campaign

August 26, 2011

The NFL Know Your Stats campaign comes to southern Oregon

The National Football League and hospitals across America are working together to increase the number of men getting prostate screenings during national September prostate cancer awareness month. Why? Because prostate cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Retired NFL defensive back Chad Cota is joining the NFL campaign on a local level this year and speaking out for prostate cancer awareness. “The NFL wants men to think about September like most of us do about October Breast Cancer Awareness month. Sept. is a time for men to speak with their doctor about prostate screening,” states Cota. “Helping the NFL spread this message is important to me. I’m helping the men in my own community.”

With greater public awareness, early detection is on the rise and mortality rates are declining but there is still more public education to be done. A simple prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and a simple physical exam can help detect cancer. The NFL Know Your Stats campaign is spreading this message to educate men and their loved ones about the importance of prostate health.

Establishing a baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) score at age 40 can help doctors better interpret a man’s future PSA scores. Depending on your risk factors men should be screened every two years. The chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. Almost 2 out of 3 prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.

For men over 50 who are uninsured or without a primary care doctor Providence Medford Medical Center is offering free prostate screenings on Monday, Sept. 12 and Tues. Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 541-732-7050.

“A prostate screening is simple and quick,” states urologist Jack Lewis, M.D.  “Men need to understand the importance of this testing, just like women do about getting a mammogram. It should be part of every man’s personal health plan.”

“If I can help motivate men to get screened and learn the importance of knowing their stats I’ve done my job,” states Cota