By: Nick Richter
It’s Movember, baby! It’s the time of the year when many hockey players typically grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health. This year, is no exception… However, the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL are taking things a step further by holding a “Fear the Phantom, Not the Finger” night to help educate people on the need to be checked yearly for prostate cancer.
The Phantoms are teaming up with Man Up Mahoning Valley to educate and encourage the men and women of the Mahoning Valley to talk about prostate health and share information on the importance of regular examinations for early detection to prevent prostate cancer from taking lives.
The “Fear the Phantom, Not the Finger” event takes place when the Phantoms host the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday, November 6, at the Covelli Centre. Fans in attendance will receive a giant foam finger.
No word how many fans will get the finger… Ok… that may sound like a joke, but it really isn’t. I’m just not sure how many people will receive the giveaway at the moment.
The stats relating to prostate cancer are also no joke… Especially in the Mahoning Valley. They’re actually really alarming.
The following stats are from ManUpMV.com.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and second leading killer among men in Mahoning Valley.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- The incidence of prostate cancer in Youngstown is higher than the state average.
- The Valley’s African-American males are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than any other race.
- Less than 50% of all men in the Valley had a digital rectal exam last year that could provide an early diagnosis.
- Men with lower incomes and lower levels of education are significantly less likely to have prostate exams and therefore more likely to be diagnosed with late stage, untreatable prostate cancer.
If you’re in the area, go out and support the Phantoms and a noteworthy cause this Friday night.