Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano stressed the importance of testing for, and early detection of, Prostate Cancer – as he joined with awareness advocates during September as Prostate Awareness Month, to support free Prostate Cancer Testing and Education on Long Island this weekend.
The County Executive joined the 10th Annual LI Cruzin’ for a Cure Car Show Hicksville – proceeds from which went to Winthrop University Hospital and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for research. Winthrop also provided free onsite prostate cancer screening at the show.
County Executive Mangano began by thanking Car Show Committee chair, Sandy Kane for putting on this event each and every year.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of being tested for prostate cancer as early detection provides a better chance for survival,” Mangano told those gathered. “When to start screening is generally based on individual risk, with age 40 being a reasonable time to start screening for those at the highest risk. For otherwise healthy men at high risk, starting at age 45 is reasonable. Remember to get tested early and know the risks factors. Knowledge is power.”
Since its founding Cruzin’ has donated $90,000 to Winthrop and Cold Spring Harbor Labs, for research.
Thousands attended the event, with more than 750 cars and vehicles exhibited. The show was open to all Rods, Customs, Muscle & Classic Specialty Vehicles, Motorcycles and Antique Fire Apparatus.
Prostate Cancer survivors spoke of their experience and Sponsors of the event included: Allstate Insurance, Vehicle Tracking Solutions, Exotic Classics, Rallye Motor Group, Robert Chevrolet, Grand Prix Subaru, Meenan Oil, and AAA New York.
Prior to the car show, County Executive Mangano joined with officials to recognize prostate awareness month and light the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, blue during the month.
Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of the Integrated Medical Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization which promotes awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. The foundation is committed to improving healthcare through education and outreach, offering programs, support services, and prostate screenings to the community. According to IMF, 1 out of 6 American men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Statistics show regular screening can lead to early detection, and screenings have decreased the prostate cancer death rate by nearly 40 % since they began 20 years ago. According to the American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, there will be about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States and approximately 27,540 men will die from the disease.