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Interview: Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Haynes on Surviving Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. On any given Sunday 1 in 7 men watching an NFL game will be diagnosed with this disease, but the odds increase to 1 in 5 if they are African American and 1 in 3 if they have a family history. These are stats that no one wants to see up on a scoreboard.


An estimated 181,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2016 – that’s one father, brother or loved one being told every three minutes that they have prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men, and there are often no symptoms. 


Early detection for prostate cancer is key, which is why, for the eighth year, the National Football League has teamed up with the Urology Care Foundation—the official foundation of the American Urological Association—on the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer® campaign, an initiative to encourage men to know their prostate cancer risk and to talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. This year, the campaign is led by Pro Football Hall of Famer and prostate cancer survivor, Michael Haynes.


Michael recently joined me along with Benjamin Lowentritt, M.D. – Director, Prostate Cancer Care Program, Chesapeake Urology Associates to share his personal story and to discuss the risks for prostate cancer and the importance of early detection. Michael Haynes’ story gives hope to those newly diagnosed or in treatment, and also reminds families to talk about their health history.


Take a look above.



Remember, one new case occurs every 2.4 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 19.1 minutes. Don’t sit on the sidelines, join Michael Haynes and learn about the winning game plan for prostate cancer and to save lives. 

michael haynes

Wife. Mom. Believer. Writer. Advocate.

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[…] Also joining this important discussion is Washington University-St. Louis Radiation Oncologist Dr. Lannis Hall, who provides information on prostate cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms and advice on how Black men and their loved ones can advocate for their health to ensure earlier diagnosis and tre… […]

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