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Pedal Away Prostate Cancer! Event Raises Awareness About Early Detection


Bicyclists hit the road during the 2011 Pedal Away Prostate Cancer!

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and local bicycling enthusiasts will help raise funding for prostate cancer screenings.

Pedal Away Prostate Cancer is a 25-mile bicycle race which begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8th, at Eden Hill Medical Center, 200 Banning Street in Dover.  Pedal Away Prostate Cancer is open to both competitive and non-competitive cyclists with trophies awarded to top finishers in various categories. Following the race, everybody is invited to attend a Men’s Health Fair, which will be held at Eden Hill from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Proceeds from Pedal Away Prostate Cancer will be utilized for prostate screenings on September 22 at Bayhealth.

“Prostate cancer kills more than 30,000 men in the U.S. each year and is the second highest cause of death among men behind lung cancer.  Preventive screenings and early detection are vital because prostate cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms until advanced stages when a cure is less likely,” said Bayhealth Urologist and President of the Delaware Urological Society, Michael Zaragoza, MD, who organized Pedal Away Prostate Cancer.  “An annual PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test and digital rectal exam allow most prostate cancers to be detected early when they are the most treatable.”  

According to the American Urological Association, men age 50 and over should have a prostate screening at least once per year.  African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer have a higher risk, and should begin annual screenings at the age of 40.

To find out more about Pedal Away Prostate Cancer and to register for the race, please visit www.bikereg.com, then type “pedal away prostate cancer” in the Search Events box.

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