The Legacy of a Legend…Farewell, Mr. Palmer

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image courtesy of arniesarmy.org

Recently, golf legend, Arnold Palmer passed away. We’re all aware of the legacy of golf achievements the man left. Over 9o championships, in addition to 18 wins in foreign championships and 12 wins on the senior tour he was not only a force on the golf course, but in the community of cancer research and treatment.

This is a less well-known part of Arnold’s history, as he was more concerned with moving the cause forward than personal notority. At age 67 in 1997, Arnold had a PSA screening test for prostate cancer. His PSA had been rising for 2-3 years and had resulted in 2 prior normal prostate biopsies. But this time, his third biopsy showed him to have prostate cancer. He went to Mayo clinic where the doctors discussed the treatment options. Wanting the highest chance for cure, Arnold opted for surgery to remove his prostate. The findings showed enough risk for possible recurrence that he then received 7 weeks of radiation therapy. Remarkably, only 6 weeks later, after physical therapy, Arnold was back on the golf course competing in tournaments.

He won the admiration of his fans (known as Arnie’s Army) and all Americans by becoming a lifelong spokesperson for prostate cancer control. He advocated prostate cancer screening with PSA. Regarding screening, and in keeping with current recommendations, he felt that men’s lives would be better if they just talked to their doctor about it. “That’s health and living”, he said, and felt that being healthy is the “good life”.

Arnold also formed the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center in Palm Springs at the Eisenhower Lucy Curie Cancer Center, and then supported the Arnold Palmer Pavilion at U. Pittsburgh Medical Center and Latrobe Area Hospital. Because of his advocacy, many more men have been cured of prostate cancer and are survivors.

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Know Your Stats

Long after they’ve taken off their cleats and left the field, football stars are using their greatness to influence the best football fans, men! America’s most popular sport is being utilized to help develop a very important game plan for prevention,  screening and treatment of prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, second to skin cancer. For this reason,  it is crucial that men take the time to learn the stats about prostate cancer.

Below is a great infograph courtesy of The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, that does just that!

Additionally, men can gain an understanding of their prostate cancer risk by taking advantage of the Know Your Stats campaign, developed in partnership by the NFL and the Urology Care Foundation. In the fifth season of the campaign, Hall of Famer and former Super Bowl Champ Michael Haynes has stepped up to be a spokes person, traveling the country to help educate and inspire men to understand this potentially deadly disease.

Click this link and sign the Know Your Stats Pledge, vowing to:

  • Know your risk or encourage men in your life to know theirs.
  • Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer testing or encourage others to do so.
  • Raise awareness about prostate cancer.
  • Support prostate cancer research.

 

Vero Beach Men’s Health Forum – An Educational Success!!

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Men and their Spouses Register for Men’s Health Forum

The International Prostate Cancer Foundation successfully perpetuates their misison in the 2013 Vero Beach Men’s Health Forum.  The event, in partnership with Florida Hospital’s Global Robotics Institute, was held with efforts to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate cancer screening.  Men and their spouses were invited to learn about men’s healthcare maintenance, basic screening practices and advanced nutritional and healthy lifestyle practices.  With well over 70 community members in attendance, the program has more than fulfilled it’s purpose.

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An Attentive and Educated Audience Quiz our Expert Panel

Those in attendance benefited from expert lectures and discussions on topics including:

  • Importance of Health Care Maintenance
  • Basic Health Care Screening That Every Man Should Have
  • Diet and Exercise Recommendations
  • Cardiac Risk Factors and Routine Maintenance
  • Common Diseases of Aging:  Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity Management
  • Prostate Health Maintenance and Cancer Screening
  • A Man’s Perspective on Health Maintenance – Personal Testimony – Oscar Robinson
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Dr. Skip Franco Reviews Recommendations for Men’s Health Maintenence

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A Full House
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Men’s Health Panel

We would like to recognize IPCF founder Dr. Vipul Patel along with Dr. Skip Franco and Mr. Edward Mellet for organizing and participatig in the event.  In addition, the forum featured NBA All-Star Legend Oscar Robinson as guest speaker, along with faculty members Mr. Bill Kelly, Dr. Atul Madan, David Robinson MD, Dr. Ranjan Perera and Cynthia Buffington PHD.

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Our Expert Faculty

Special thanks to all who attended. We encourage you to share your experience and spread knowledge as our hope is to extend this program to communities nationwide.

For full highlights and photos visit The International Prostate Cancer Foundation on Facebook & view the full album.

The Mountain Within

“Prostate cancer doesn’t care how fit you are, how high you climb or how much you serve your country….. I am living proof that early detection saves lives.” – Karim Mella

In October of last year IPCF chairman Dr. Patel performed surgery on his 5000th patient, our very own Karim. A striking testimonial and profound spirit, we are thrilled to feature him as our “Face for PSA Testing.” Strongly believing that his survival hinged on early detection, he has generously accepted this role. We express sincere gratitude for the time that he has so willingly volunteered, his impact is cannot be measured!

May 21st 2011, Karim Mella ascends Mount Everest unaware of the underlying shock soon to come. A diagnosis that would make even this most recent feat almost insignificant. For a man not easily intimidated, the words ‘You have prostate cancer’ proved to strike a brutal mental blow.

A marvelous man in his endeavors, Karim Mella is a life that could have been a great loss if not saved through the results of PSA testing. His accomplishments as a physically fit 44-year-old father and husband would leave most anyone certain that his health warranted little concern for decline.

Since age 11 Karim has been climbing the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Serving as a sergeant in the military he has visited and explored 22 countries including South America, Africa, Alaska, Argentina and Peru. All of this leading to his most impressive feat yet, conquering Mount Everest. After climbing Everest in May of 2011 Mella felt invisible he says, unknowingly however, cancer WILL follow you to the top of the world.

Karim showed no symptoms of prostate cancer upon his return check-up. Luckily you may say, his PSA test results returned with high numbers indicating a possible complication with the prostate. Under the recommendations of Dr. Patel this lead to a cancerous biopsy and finally a frightening diagnosis, ‘You have Prostate Cancer’.

Concerned about the outlook for his future Karim confided in Patel for reassurance. With confidence Dr. Patel explained that key factors were acting in Karim’s favor: “Not only have we diagnosed at an early age, but also at an early grade within the early stages of progression.”

After his surgery in October of 2011 Karim exhibits little hesitation as he jumps right back into life…literally (watch the video)! Completing a Half-Ironman in May 2012 he continues to prepare for the New York City Ironman in August of this year. Also he has organized a trip to the Dominican Republic where he will lead 50 low-income children on an expedition into the beautiful mountains in which he begun his journey.

“Cancer does not discriminate. Awareness is our most powerful weapon.”

These are the words of Karim Mella as he advocates the use of PSA testing in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate diseases. He thanks Celebration Health and Dr. Patel his words being, “I could not have asked for any better.”

Follow Karim’s lead by joining his signature on our petition demanding that the USPSTF withdraw recommendations against PSA testing.

PSA Petition soon to reach 5,000 signatures….. Let’s shoot for 10,000! CREATE ACTION!!

We want to first thank our community for all of your continued efforts, support, and interest as you follow the ongoing developments surrounding this cause. Through our combined initiatives we have made considerable accomplishments and enthusiastically update you on the status of our progress.

As so many of you have signed and shared our petition, urging the USPSTF to recant their negative decision toward PSA testing, please take pride as we announce successfully reaching upwards of 4,400 signatures! Progressing at this rate we have high hopes of reaching 5,000 by this months end, if not sooner. Keeping with an aggressive approach this only motivates us further as we push toward the 10,000 signature mark! It is with confidence that we ask our community to maintain their persistence, spreading the word and calling upon their peers to sign our petition. Reaching 10,000 will be monumental in receiving national coverage and recognition. With this, key decision makers including congress, the media and the global community will be all but forced to take notice and take ACTION! Together we can CHANGE.

Mimic Technologies Extends Support!

With continued support, Mimic Technologies has been gracious enough to extend their contributions through the month of August! We are thrilled as they continue advocating the work of Dr. Vipul Patel’s International Prostate Cancer Foundation by making a donation to the foundation for each new “Like” the new Mimic Facebook Page receives through August 31st, 2012. Together, with your help, we can all save lives. Simply show your support by clicking here, and “liking” the Mimic Technologies Facebook page. For each new “like”, Mimic will donate $1 to this important foundation, dedicated to furthering the research and treatment of prostate cancer.