What does baseball have to do with prostate cancer?
Having a prostate cancer screening at a baseball venue may seem a little weird. However, recently 500 men lined up at the Milwaukee Brewer’s Miller Park for a prostate cancer screening. A mobile screening RV was set up by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition to provide the screenings. Each participant received a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). After the free screening each participant then received two free tickets to an upcoming Brewer’s game.
Disparities in Men’s use of preventive health
We have previously mentioned about disparities in men’s use of colorectal cancer screenings. In fact, compared to women men are less likely to undergo preventive health screenings in general. This kind of free screening, plus the incentive of baseball tickets may just have given some of the men more of a push to go. While the PSA Test is available for use in the privacy of your home there is no way to get the also recommended DRE without going to a doctor or attending one of these valuable events.
One in six men will develop prostate cancer and 1 in 35 men will died from the disease. Fortunately, with the recommended screenings and early detection less and less men will have to die from the most common type of cancer in men.