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Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure Offers Prostate Screenings
08/29/2007

FORT WORTH, Texas — It is easy for most men to talk about classic cars and sports, but when it comes to talking about their prostate glands the conversation usually stops. This was true for Paul Nedde, 54, a retired city employee, who like many other men did not think prostate cancer would be an issue he would face. 

A first-time attendee at the 2006 Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure™ Classic Car Show, Nedde came to show off his new classic car. Little did he realize that this car show would save his life.

“I didn’t even know that a prostate screening was offered, but several hours into the car show, many of the men showing cars decided to take a lunch break and have their prostate screened,” Nedde said.  “I decided it might not be a bad idea for me to do the same.” 

Of the 237 prostate screenings performed at Cruisin’ for a Cure™ last year, Nedde was one of six men diagnosed with prostate cancer. “The simple prostate screening saved my life,” Nedde said. “I plan to return this year to see more classic cars and encourage more men to have a prostate exam.”

Cars for a Cure
On September 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., men will fill the streets of downtown Fort Worth for the sixth annual Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure™ Classic Car Show, an event that features more than 400 classic cars and where more than 350 men will be screened for prostate cancer.

“If you get a large group of men together for a free car show, and free prostate screenings just happen to be available on site, you might save a few lives. This is the goal of the car show,” said Gayle Wilkins, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., coordinator of the Prostate Cancer Resource Center at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. "In observance of prostate cancer awareness month and in an effort to reach as many men as possible, we encourage all men over the age of 50, African-American men and men in their 40s with a history of prostate cancer to join us for a free prostate cancer exam.”

Facts about Prostate Cancer according to the American Cancer Society

  • More than 235,000 estimated new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year – 12,000 of those will be in Texas
  • Prostate cancer has the highest incidence of all invasive cancers for men, with the exception of skin cancer
  • More men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year than women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

For more information about the Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure™ Car Show, visit http://www.cowtowncruisinforacure.org/

For more information about prostate cancer, contact the Prostate Cancer Resource Center at 817-820-4868

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 710 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the new state-of-the-art 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/HMFW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.

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