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'The Man' has a message for all men

by Dave Johnson, Executive sports editor

They called Stan Musial "The Man."

Later this summer in Evansville, he'll have a message for every man: Get tested for prostate cancer. Now.

Musial, a survivor of the disease, will speak during the "Home Run Series for Men's Health," a prostate cancer awareness program. The third-annual event will be held on Saturday; Aug. 28, at the Airport Marriott on U.S. 41 North. It is being hosted by the Evansville Cancer Center and Tri-State urologists in collaboration with The American Cancer Society.

The 83-year-old Musial is the second St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer to headline the local event. Bob Gibson drew a sellout crowd when he spoke here two years ago.

Tickets cost $10 for the public program or $100 for the VIP/Sponsors luncheon and public program. They are available by calling the Evansville Cancer Center at(812) 473-8797 or by stopping by the American Cancer Society's office at 1510 W Franklin St.

"The main goal of this program is to raise the awareness of prostate cancer, to teach men the importance of taking charge of their health and to promote early detection," said Robin Lawrence-Broesch, the Evansville Cancer Center's director of marketing.

According to Lawrence-Broesch, 230,110 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and 29,500 will die from the disease.

"However, if it's detected early, the cure rate is almost 100 percent," she said.

Anybody who buys a ticket for the luncheon and to hear Musial speak will also receive a ticket to the Evansville Otters' final regular-season home game on Aug. 27. Musial will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Otters host the Richmond Roosters.

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