September 21, 2010

RAMS, MASSEY CANCER CENTER PARTNER TO PROMOTE PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

RICHMOND, Va. – Prostate cancer is one of the most common form of cancer among men and the VCU athletic department is doing their best to increase awareness about this deadly disease.

The Rams have partnered with VCU Massey Cancer Center to promote September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

The first event of this partnership takes place this Friday when the VCU women's soccer team opens its Colonial Athletic Association slate with a 7 p.m. contest against Northeastern at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium. Players will don blue warm-up t-shirts and t-shirts will be given out to the first 150 fans.

"Cancer is something that directly affects nearly all of us at some point in our life," Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. "Any chance we get to promote this cause we want to take advantage of and cause as much awareness as possible."

Some facts about prostate cancer include: the risk of prostate cancer increases with age, African American men have about a 60 percent higher incidence rate than Caucasian men and there is a 1 in 6 chance of a man developing prostate cancer during his lifetime.

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