Excluding all types of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Indiana men and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men. But it is also one of the most survivable with early detection and treatment.
African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other racial or ethnic group and they are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as Caucasian men. During 2004-2008, according to the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012, there were approximately 3,954 cases of prostate cancer and 602 deaths per year in Indiana and in 2013, it is estimated that prostate cancer will take the lives of over 30,000 American men.
RUNNING FOR THE BOYS 10K and 5K Run/Walk was created to raise awareness about prostate health and the importance of testing for the early detection of prostate cancer. In cooperation with the Marion County Health Department (MCHD) H.E.P.T. Program, the Rev. Charles Williams Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit will be onsite to provide information about the disease and conduct free testing. Created in 2005, the Rev. Charles R. Williams Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit conducted more than 800 screenings during its first year of existence, and actively continues to provide at no cost both testing procedures needed to detect prostate cancer (prostate specific antigen (PSA) screenings and digital rectal exams) in men across the state of Indiana.
Proceeds from the inaugural RUNNING FOR THE BOYS 10K and 5K Run/Walk will be donated to MCHD to support the operations, maintenance, testing, and educational services offered.
PARTICIPANT PACKET PICK-UP UPDATE: The Packet Pick-Up has been rescheduled for Saturday morning at 7AM at the Registration Tent in Celebration Park of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Please enter via the 38th Street entrance.. There will be NO PACKET PICK-UP on FRIDAY, August 30th.
FREE PROSTATE SCREENING ONSITE: The Rev. Charles Williams Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit will be onsite during Saturday's "Running For The Boys" 10K/5K race against prostate cancer. Anyone coming out to the event will be able to take advantage of FREE SCREENINGS, courtesy of the Marion County Health Department and IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, and mobile unit tours beginning at 8AM.
Early Registration has been extended to midnight August 25th. Register online and automatically be entered to win a Larry Bird autographed basketball and more!
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