About one in seven men in the United States will have a doctor diagnose them with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. The odds are even higher for African American men at one in five. This is the type of cancer that is most common among men. The best time to catch this disease is as early as possible.
In August 2017 three organizations teamed up to raise awareness of prostate cancer and the benefits of an early diagnosis. Among these was the National Football League Alumni Association and Labcorp. The other partner was Cancer Treatment Centers Of America (CTCA). Collectively they ran a campaign that offered men at the most risk, age 40 and above, an exam at one of Labcorp’s national locations. The first 2,000 men that signed up received a free prostate exam while every other eligible man after that had to pay only $25 to receive their exam.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America has been treating patients with cancer since 1988 when it was founded by Richard J Stephenson. The founder had witnessed his mother’s cancer treatment and was very unsatisfied with what he saw. Unfortunately his mother died of cancer and so he dedicated himself to helping others achieve a better outcome.
CTCA is a national organization of hospitals which all specialize in cancer treatment centers. These hospitals are located in Georgia, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. They offer conventional treatments of cancer such as surgery, chemotherapy, and cancer drugs. They also support their patients through the process of being treated for cancer which can be very taxing and worrisome for patients. Many people being treated for cancer find themselves depressed as well as suffering from pain and other side effects. CTCA offers patients ways of dealing with these side effects in a compassionate way.
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