Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Chicago Bears Team Up to Tackle Prostate Cancer
On Sunday, September 15, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) will take the field with the Chicago Bears to tackle prostate cancer. The hospital has teamed up with the National Football League (NFL) and the Urology Care Foundation to encourage men to get off the bench and be proactive about their health through the “Know Your Stats” campaign. The special game day will share prostate cancer education and offer fans an opportunity to take a pledge to understand their risk, know the signs and symptoms, and help tackle prostate cancer. CTCA will contribute $1 per pledge to the Urology Care Foundation for the first 10,000 pledges made, supporting the more than 239,000 men who will be diagnosed with the disease this year and the thousands of men already battling the disease.
“Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. The best defense against prostate cancer is education,” said Kamal Patel, MD, radiation oncologist at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). “Together with the Chicago Bears, we’re encouraging fans to Take The Pledge to know their risk, talk to their doctor and join us as we team up to tackle prostate cancer.”
Throughout the Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings game, information and statistics about prostate cancer will be featured on the scoreboard, at booths inside and outside of the stadium, and on social media to prompt fans to take the pledge and tackle prostate cancer at http://www.cancercenter.com/prostate.
“Cancer has impacted my life,” said Chicago Bears Linebacker James Anderson. “My father has talked to me about cancer. He’s been tested and when my time comes I will be tested,” he stated when discussing prostate cancer.
Tim Waninger, who was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2008, is a five-year cancer survivor and patient at CTCA at Midwestern. Teaming up with CTCA at Midwestern Medical oncologist, Dr. Evan Pisick, Waninger will present the ceremonial coin for the coin toss to kick-off the event. Waninger hails from Santa Claus, Indiana—the hometown of Bears starting quarterback, Jay Cutler—and is proud to be involved.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this event, but most importantly, I hope to share with men that regular checkups and talking with your doctor is crucial when talking about preventing and catching prostate cancer early,” said Waninger. “My son, who will be at the game with me on Sunday, went to high school with Jay. On top of sharing my prostate cancer journey, it will be exciting for both my son and I to see Jay play again.”
The first 40,000 fans who enter Soldier Field will receive a classic 1963 Chicago Bears pennant courtesy of CTCA. The hospital will also have a booth at Soldier Field near Gate O with interactive information to help fans identify risk factors and share statistics about prostate cancer. For more information, please visit CancerCenter.com/prostate.