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Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K Run/Walk opens Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

 

Registration now open for Nashville September 6 Centennial Park event. Participants and sponsors are needed. Community awareness outreach seeks to reduce impact of deadly disease among men and especially African American men.

Lelan Staton - Meteorologist WTVF

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To mark the event, Baptist Hospital and Urology Associates will present Nashville’s Inaugural Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K Run/Walk. The Challenge will be held September 6 at 7:30 AM at Centennial Park, rain or shine. The course begins and ends in Centennial Park. Event registration is $20 pre-race and $25 on race day.

Awards will be given to the top male and female runners overall, top male and female runners in various age groups, top fundraising team and largest team. Eligible participants will also receive a free voucher for a prostate cancer screening from Urology Associates. Lelan Staton, meteorologist at WTVF, NewsChannel 5, will serve as master of ceremonies for the one-day event.

In addition to registration, the event organizers are seeking race-day volunteers, donations of door prizes, after-race breakfast donations and sponsors.

The Great Prostate Cancer 5K Run/Walk being presented by Urology Associates and Baptist Hospital benefits the American Urological Association Foundation and proceeds will support prostate cancer research, screenings and awareness in the community. Greater awareness of prostate cancer and preventive screening is especially encouraged among African American men.

Prostate cancer is a disease that touches the lives of one in six men. Approximately 218,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. That breaks down to one new case every 2.5 minutes. 27,000 men will die from the disease. There is a greatly increased risk for those with a family history of the disease and for African American men. Early screening is essential in reducing the fatality rate. Men are advised to seek prostate screening at age 40 and beyond. Fortunately, if prostate cancer is caught and treated early, the cure rate is 90 percent.

For more information or to register for the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K Run/Walk, visit www.greatprostatecancerchallenge.com.

Basic info for this story drawn from Baptist Hospital’s website media press release, WTVF home page and ‘The Tennessean.’


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