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The Herbie Mann Jazz Caravan for Prostate Cancer Awareness Makes a Stop in Houston

The Herbie Mann Jazz Caravan for Prostate Cancer Awareness Makes a Stop in Houston
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/07/00

Talented jazz flautist Herbie Mann will perform during a three-hour, free public concert to promote awareness of prostate cancer and free prostate screenings.

The event will be held on Father's Day, June 18, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at The Power Center, 12401 S. Post Oak at South Main.

All men between the ages of 40 - 75 will have the opportunity to receive a free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and information about prostate cancer during the concert. A complimentary copy of Herbie Mann's latest jazz CD will be given with each PSA test, which involves drawing a small amount of blood from the arm. The whole process takes about 15 minutes.

Physicians from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial-Hermann Health Care System, Baylor College of Medicine, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, and MacGregor Medical Association are participating in the community event. Any man found to have an abnormal PSA will be referred and seen by a physician for follow-up care regardless of the patient's ability to pay. The American Cancer Society; US TOO International, Inc., a prostate cancer support organization; and The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston organization are also supporting this event.

"Since prostate cancer is the most common cancer among males over the age of 50, we wanted to 'get out the word all over the city'." We were delighted when Herbie came up with the idea to sponsor a concert as a way to promote the benefits of prostate cancer education and early detection," says Dr. Curtis Pettaway, assistant professor of urology at M. D. Anderson and co-chair of the event. "This is an especially important event for men with a family history of prostate cancer as well as African American men where the incidence of prostate cancer is increased."

Madelyn von Eschenbach, volunteer and co-chair of the event, urged men and women to get involved in the event. "Women can play a major role in urging the men in their lives to get screened. They can bring their fathers, husbands and sons to this fabulous concert and possibly save their loved one's life."

Herbie Mann was diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer in 1997. He received radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Out of his experience has come the desire to spread awareness about the deadly disease and its relatively easy detection through recommended screenings. Mann formed the non-profit foundation called Herbie Mann's Prostate Cancer Awareness Music Foundation.

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 32,000 men will die of prostate cancer. African-American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer compared to Caucasian men. The good news is that the number of men dying of prostate cancer is declining due to earlier diagnosis and the increased use of the PSA blood test.

Prostate cancer detected in its earliest stages is relatively easier to treat, according to Dr. Pettaway. The five-year relative survival rate for patients whose tumors are diagnosed in the local and regional stages is over 90 percent.

For more information on the Herbie Mann Jazz Caravan for Prostate Cancer Awareness call: 1-800-868-7180.


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