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Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology and Therapy Associates Host 12th Annual Men’s Health & Prostate Cancer Awareness Program, September 7th


Local Prostate Cancer Survivor to Share Story and Importance of Early Detection

WHAT: Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology (ECC/VO) and Therapy Associates are teaming up with local urologists to host its 12th annual men’s health and prostate cancer awareness program, Blue Ribbon River Run (BRRR), on Saturday, September 7th at the Old Dam site in Newburgh. Prior to the 4 mile walk/run, a special Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Breakfast will be held at the Newburgh Preservation Hall.

Open to the public, participants will have the opportunity to speak with and ask physicians questions and receive free educational materials on men’s health, prostate cancer and other cancer or wellness related topics. There will also be special educational presentations by area urologists and oncologists discussing the importance of early detection through annual prostate cancer screenings. Following the BRRR, ECC/VO encourages attendees to participate in the Family Day & Twilight on the Trail event sponsored by its partner TOUCH, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patient with non-medical emergencies.

With the $20 donation to the Blue Ribbon River Run, participants will be registered and receive a race shirt. Prostate cancer survivors can participate for free and will receive a free ‘I’m a Survivor’ t-shirt, special hat, goodie bag and are invited to attend the special Survivors’ Breakfast.

Proceeds from BRRR will benefit Cancer Care Options, Inc. (CCO) and TOUCH Inc. CCO is a not for profit organization founded by Al Korba, M.D., former medical director of Evansville Cancer Center, which aids cancer patients in the Tri-State area who cannot afford cancer medications.

WHO: Jon D. Frazier, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of ECC/VO
Noah Taylor, M.D., radiation oncologist at ECC/VO who treated John Schwartze
John Schwartze, 54, guest speaker and prostate cancer survivor

John Schwartze, a Francisco resident and coalminer, attended ECC/VO’s “A Knock Out Night for Men with Sugar Ray Leonard” in September 2010 to see his boxing idol and learn more about prostate cancer and its effects on African-Americans. In July 2012, his family physician detected an extremely high PSA so he underwent a biopsy the following month which confirmed what he feared most – prostate cancer. Schwartze decided to undergo a radical prostatectomy. However, following the surgery, his PSA levels remained extremely high so he turned to Dr. Taylor who prescribed a total of 40 treatments using External Beam Radiation Therapy. On July 3, 2013, Schwartze received the news he was hoping for, that his prostate cancer is in complete remission.

“If I can convince just one person at this event to get checked, it is worth it,” says Schwartze.

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013

7 a.m.: Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Breakfast at Newburgh Preservation Hall
8:10 a.m.: Prostate Cancer Survivors’ March & Blue Ribbon Welcoming Address
8:30 a.m.: One Mile Walk/Run
9 a.m.: Four Mile Walk/Run
10:30 a.m.: Presentation of Awards/Special Honors

For more information, please contact Robin Lawrence at (812) 474-6000 or rlawrence@vantageoncology.com.

WHERE: Newburgh Preservation Hall
200 State St., Newburgh, IN, 47630

WHY: The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, 238,590 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 29,720 will lose their lives to it. While the numbers are alarming, Dr. Frazier reminds patients that early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes for those diagnosed. Dr. Frazier adds, “We continue to make tremendous strides in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. However, these advancements are for not if we can’t convince men to visit their doctor to receive an annual screening.”




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