Retired NFL players, coaches take advantage of free prostate screening

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They may be retired National Football League players and coaches but clearly, they still enjoy the camaraderie of a team atmosphere. Even at M. D. Anderson's Genitourinary Center.

Recently, M. D. Anderson and the American Urological Association (AUA) teamed up to screen 37 NFL retirees from the Houston area as part of a 10-city series that the NFL Player Care Foundation initiated to address the medical needs of retired players. The M. D. Anderson screening, led by urologists John Davis, M.D., and Joseph Corriere, M.D., was the seventh site in the year-long tour that has held screening events in Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Washington, D.C., and Canton, Ohio, the home of the NFL Hall of Fame.  

This is the first year that M. D. Anderson and the AUA have teamed up to provide the screening for the alumni.

"We screened 37 men between the ages of 31 and 77 at this event and, as former NFL players and coaches, they have tremendous potential to carry the message of the importance of screenings," David says.  

Six other urologists volunteered to work with Davis and Corriere, and they were supported by many others on the M. D. Anderson GU team.

M. D. Anderson recommends that men, beginning at age 50, have an annual digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. For men with a family history of prostate cancer or African-American men, screening should begin at age 45 because of the increased risk.

For more information on vital screenings for prostate cancer and other cancers, please visit the cancer prevention center online

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Clarification: M. D. Anderson did not screen the 31-year-old but took the opportunity to answer questions about prostate cancer screening and healthy living.

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