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Last year, superstar Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo faced animportant moment that changed his life. It happened off the field, out of thespotlight, away from newspapers and magazines. It was the moment that Tonylearned his father had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Tony and his family were shocked and scared when his father, Ramiroreceived the diagnosis in the middle of the 2007 season. His dad had shown nosigns or symptoms of the disease. The good news is that Ramiro Romo's cancerwas caught early. Tragically, too many men are far less fortunate. That's whyTony and Ramiro are now speaking out about their family's experience.
Did you know that prostate cancer is second only to lung cancer as theleading cause of cancer-related deaths in men? With more than 27,000 men dyingfrom prostate cancer each year, that's a startling statistic. Just asshocking, the disease is twice as likely to be diagnosed and twice as likelyto be fatal in African-Americans. Prostate cancer affects more American menthan breast cancer affects American women, with more than 220,000 diagnosedeach year. Worst of all, many people don't realize that if detected early,prostate cancer's five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent.
That is why the Romos have teamed up with the Prostate Cancer EducationCouncil (PCEC) to encourage men to get tested -- and get tested early. Only ascreening test can detect prostate cancer in its earliest, most treatablestages. The tests are simple -- a doctor's exam and a blood test -- but theycan and will save lives. They saved Ramiro Romo.
PCEC will be offering free screenings in cities throughout the country,screenings that can save lives. Tony and Ramiro have also taped a 60-secondnational PSA to help in spreading the word about this important healthinitiative.Tony Romo and His Father Ramiro, a Prostate Cancer Survivor, Encourage Men to Get Screened Today - It Could Save Your Life
SOURCE Prostate Cancer Education Council