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2006 Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

"Tackling Prostate Cancer with Len Dawson and Bart Starr"

Evansville Cancer Center kicked off its fifth annual prostate cancer awareness program "Tackling Prostate Cancer with Len Dawson and Bart Starr" on Thursday, August 24th, 2006 at The Evansville Marriott. The evening kicked off with a VIP/Sponsors Reception where Mr. Dawson and Mr. Starr signed autographs.

Len Dawson and Bart Starr opened the public program talking about their football careers, Super Bowl I where they played against each other, then prostate cancer. Mr. Dawson and Mr. Starr both stressed the importance of having annual exams for prostate cancer. Immediately following their presentation, a video featuring local prostate cancer survivors and their families, Bob and Barb Ensner, George Flowers, Dan Kieffer and a man who lost his father to prostate cancer, Keith Wagner was shown.

Everyone who attended had an opportunity to win an autographed football signed by both Mr. Dawson and Mr. Starr. There were educational materials dealing with prostate cancer and other diseases for people to take home. In addition, the Evansville Cancer Center hosted a silent auction featuring autographed memorabilia from both famous sports figures and musicians that benefitted Cancer Care Options, Inc., a not for profit organization that provides medications for people with cancer that cannot afford to buy their medicines but are in pain or suffering.

'Tackling Prostate Cancer with Len Dawson and Bart Starr' was made possible because of the generous support of the following sponsors:
• Berlex Oncology
• Bristol-Meyers Squibb/Mead Johnson Nutritionals
• Bussing Foundation
• Casino Aztar
• GenenTech
• Interstate Imaging
• MGI Pharma
• Millenium Pharmaceutical
• Old National Bank
• Ortho BioTech
• Pfizer - Urology & Oncology
• Rudolph, Fine, Porter & Johnson, LLP
• TAP Pharmaceuticals
• Urological Associates
• Urology Consultants
• Welborn Clinic
• Bayer Corporation
• Celgene
• GlaxoSmithKline
• Sanofi-Aventis
• Evansville Courier & Press
• WFIE TV 14 with special thanks to Lucy Himstedt & Mike Blake

• Nikki and the Evansville Marriott for hosting this event and lodging accomodations
• Auto Haus Limousine for Ground Transportation
• Evansville Cancer Center employees who donated their time to help
• Jon Hilbert for all his hard work and dedication in helping us with this event and getting various NFL teams to autograph footballs for the silent auction
• Jan Korba for providing the beautiful decorations for the reception

"Understanding Prostate Cancer" One-Hour Television Program

On Tuesday, August 29th from 8 to 9 p.m. Mike Blake of 14 WFIE hosted "Understanding Prostate Cancer" produced by the Evansville Cancer Center.

This year's program featured prostate cancer survivors and their families - Bob & Barb Ensner, George Flowers, Dan Kieffer and many others. It also featured Keith Wagner who lost his father to prostate cancer.

In addition, viewers had the opportunity to call into WFIE's studios and have their questions answered live by a panel of urologists from the Tri-State area and the oncologists and psychologist from Evansville Cancer Center.

Featured in photo above: Front, L-R: Jon Frazier, MD; Al Korba, MD; Aly Razek, MD; Andrew Dixon-Reed, PhD, all from the Evansville Cancer Center; and Mike Blake, Host. Back Row, L-R: Thomas Gadient, MD of Urology Consultants, Todd Renschler, MD; Phillip Gilson, MD of Urology Associates; and Paul Siami, MD of Welborn Clinic.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Offered to Area Industries

This is the fourth consecutive year that Evansville Cancer Center has coordinated several prostate cancer screenings at area industries. The screenings were provided free of charge compliments of Evansville Cancer Center and assistance by LabCorp, who processed the PSA blood tests. Several urologists generously donated their time to provide digital rectal exams as part of the prostate cancer screening.

As part of our 2006 campaign, 197 men were screened for prostate cancer at area industries such as Alcoa, Berry Plastics, Industrial Contractors, Inc., Mead Johnson Nutritionals, and PPG Industries just to name a few. Of the men screened, 17 were found to have PSA's of 4.0 or higher and eight men had irregular DRE. They were instructed to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician or a urologist for further evaluation or testing. All of the participants were given educational materials on prostate cancer.

Evansville Cancer Center would like to thank those who participated and assisted in any aspect of the 2006 prostate awareness campaign!

The Evansville Cancer Center would also like to thank the urologists in the Tri-State area, and LabCorp for teaming with us to provide educational awareness of prostate cancer and free prostate cancer screenings:

William Fisher, MD, Phillip M. Gilson, MD, Barney Maynard, MD, Todd Renschler, M.D., Bruce Romick, MD, Bill Samm, MD & Michael Zenni, M.D. of Urological Associates, Inc., Thomas Gadient, M.D. of Urology Consultants & Paul F. Siami, MD of Welborn Clinic .

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