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NFL Hall of Fame Quarterbacks Help Tackle Prostate Cancer

Evansville Cancer Center Hosts 5th Annual “Men’s Night Out” To Increase Awareness about Prostate Cancer, August 24

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame quarterbacks Len Dawson and Bart Starr are teaming up with Evansville Cancer Center to tackle prostate cancer at the 5th Annual “Men’s Night Out! Tackling Prostate Cancer with Len Dawson and Bart Starr,” event on Thursday, August 24. The star-studded evening kicks-off a month long prostate cancer awareness campaign to encourage men to take control of their health by receiving annual screenings for this deadly disease.

Open to the public, the event will provide the community important education about early detection and why annual screenings are crucial in the fight against prostate cancer. The festivities also include a raffle of footballs autographed by both Dawson and Starr and a VIP/Sponsor Reception preceding the public event that will allow fans to meet the NFL legends.

The event takes on a special meaning to Dawson who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in (YEAR) at a free screening that was offered in his community. He hopes that his story will provide inspiration to others and help and serve as a reminder to men that they must become more vigilant about receiving annual exams.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 234,460 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2006. About 27,350 men will die of this disease. While the numbers are alarming, Al Korba, M.D., medical director of Evansville Cancer Center, reminds patients that early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes for those diagnosed. Dr. Korba 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.”

Those in attendance and at home will have the opportunity to bid on sport’s memorabilia in a silent auction featuring two tickets to the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami, seats at several Cincinnati Bengals’ games, and autographed sports memorabilia from past and present sports heroes including: Tiger Woods, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Don Mattingly, and Emmitt Smith just to name a few. All proceeds will go to Cancer Care Options, Inc., a not for profit
organization founded by Dr. Korba that aids cancer patients in the Tri-State area who cannot afford cancer medications.

The cost of the event is $5 for the public or $100 for the VIP/Sponsor’s Reception. For more information on the event, please contact Evansville Cancer Center at 812-473-8797 or stop by the office at 700 N Burkhardt Rd., Evansville, Ind.

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