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New STAY ON TRACK for Better Prostate Health Program Launches Father's Day Weekend at NASCAR Race
Date:6/13/2008

- Champion Driver Kyle Petty Urges Men Over 50 To Take "Kyle Petty's

Prostate Inspection Pledge" -

BROOKLYN, Mich., June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Car racing runs in the Petty family, handed down from NASCAR great Lee to his son Richard and grandson Kyle. But like too many American families, so does prostate cancer. To encourage prostate cancer screening and if diagnosed, to assemble a multidisciplinary crew of experts to include a medical oncologist, NASCAR champion Kyle Petty is driving a national program debuting Father's Day Weekend, June 14 and 15, at the LifeLock 400 NASCAR Race in Brooklyn, Michigan. Petty is out in front as spokesperson for the STAY ON TRACK for Better Prostate Health prostate cancer awareness program, sponsored by the Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) and sanofi-aventis.

"Prostate cancer affected both my dad and grandfather, I am nearly four times as likely to be diagnosed with this disease, and a yearly screening is particularly important," says Petty. "I wanted to help steer this program to emphasize the need for men to get checked for prostate cancer and if diagnosed, assemble their own "pit crew" of professionals -- including a medical oncologist along with a urologist -- to get them back on the road."

Prostate cancer is a serious health concern for men, killing more than 28,000 American men each year. Awareness of the risks associated with the disease and the value of early treatment can help equip men with tools to prevent more serious problems. The Stay on Track program encourages men age 50 or older or those at risk for prostate cancer, to go every year for prostate cancer screening, and if diagnosed, to enlist a team of oncologists and other professionals.

"By consulting with both a medical and radiation oncologist along with a urologist, men with prostate cancer may optimize their care," said Robert Dreicer, MD, FACP, Chairman of the Department of Solid Tumor On
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