The USC Institute of Urology and USC Norris Cancer Hospital announced today the 2nd Annual L.A. Prostate Cancer 5K race scheduled for November 6, 2011. The 5K is open to all levels of runners, joggers and walkers, and will be held at the University of Southern California, starting at 8:30 a.m.
The 5K was created to raise awareness about prostate cancer – the most common cancer among men aside from skin cancer – affecting more than two million men in the United States who are currently living with the disease right now.
Because of the lack of knowledge and concern with the potential side effects of the treatment process, many men avoid treatment – despite effective therapy. About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
“USC is honored to host this second annual 5K to benefit those affected by prostate cancer,” said C. L. Max Nikias, president of USC. “Our support reflects the USC community’s determination to bring this important health issue to the fore, as well as our ongoing commitment to advancing cancer research, prevention, and treatment.”
The 5K supports the growing need to promote research for furthering the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. All proceeds and donations from this event will be dedicated to prostate cancer research at USC.
“Last year, more than 232,000 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed,” said Dr. Inderbir S. Gill, professor and chairman of the USC Institute of Urology. “One new case of prostate cancer occurs every three minutes and a man dies from it every 19 minutes. Treatment is most effective when diagnosed early on, and early detection can save lives. Today, 2.2 million live with the disease.”
In addition to the 5K, there will be a health expo where attendees will learn the latest in prostate cancer treatments and research. The da Vinci robot will be on display highlighting the advanced surgical treatment system for cancer. Other activities will include live entertainment, and participants will receive free giveaways.
For more information about the 5K and to register, please visit http://www.uscurology.com/prostate-5k
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About USC Norris Cancer Hospital
USC Norris Cancer Hospital is dedicated to the exclusive treatment of cancer patients and research. The Hospital is a part of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center – one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. The USC Institute of Urology’s physicians, post-graduate residents and fellows provide a complete range of specialty care to deliver comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for urologic disorders. The institute’s urologists are among the more than 500 physicians who make up the doctors of USC and are also faculty members of the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC.
About the USC Institute of Urology
The USC Institute of Urology provides a complete range of sub-specialties, delivering comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for urologic disorders. The Institute is comprised of 20 full-time faculty and over 30 post-graduate residents and fellows, all committed to providing exceptional patient care in the Institute’s eight specialty centers.
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