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High School Football Penalty Flags Turn Blue to Honor Coach and Raise Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Friday, September 12, 2008 General News J E 4
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SEATTLE, Sept. 11 Starting tonight, penalty flags thrownby referees at high school football games throughout Washington will be bluein color rather than the traditional yellow. The color switch is a project tohonor the late Terry Ennis, who coached football at Archbishop Thomas J.Murphy High School in Everett. Ennis died of prostate cancer.

Another purpose of the project, which runs through Monday, is to promoteProstate Cancer Awareness Month in September. Prostate cancer is the mostcommon cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. The American CancerSociety estimates that during 2008 about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancerwill be diagnosed in the United States. About one man in six will bediagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only one man in35 will die of it. Prostate cancer often can be detected early by an annualblood test and exam.

The blue-flags effort is jointly sponsored by the Washington OfficialsAssociation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Highline High Schoolfootball program and the Seattle Seahawks. The flags were made by Highlineplayers and managers; materials cost was paid for by the Hutchinson Center andthe Seahawks.

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, our interdisciplinary teams ofworld-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnoseand treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, includingthree Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health,knowledge and hope to their work and to the world. For more information,please visit http://fhcrc.org.CONTACT Dean Forbes (206) 667-2896 dforbes@fhcrc.org

SOURCE Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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