About the home run challenge
The MLB-PCF Home Run Challenge encourages everyone to join the fight against prostate cancer by raising awareness and funds for research through America’s favorite pastime—baseball.
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Since the inception of the Home Run Challenge in 1997, the initiative has raised more than $45 million for prostate cancer research.
During the Home Run Challenge, the Prostate Cancer Foundation invites MLB fans to pledge a donation for every home run hit from June 1 through Father’s Day, June 16. Fans may also choose to make a one-time donation.
about the prostate cancer foundation
Founded in 1993 by Mike Milken, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded nearly $800 million of cutting-edge research by 2,200 scientists at 220 leading cancer centers in 22 countries around the world. Because of PCF’s commitment to ending death and suffering from prostate cancer, the death rate is down more than 50% and 1.5 million men are alive today as a result. PCF research now impacts 67 forms of human cancer by focusing on immunotherapy, the microbiome, and food as medicine.
About Prostate Cancer
Here are the top 10 things you should now about prostate cancer:
- Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, and the 4th most common tumor diagnosed worldwide.
- In the United States, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. For men of African descent, 1 in 6 men will develop the disease.
- A man of African descent is 76% more likely to develop prostate cancer than a Caucasian man, and is nearly 2.2 times more likely to die from the disease.
- In 2019, over 174,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nearly 32,000 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 17 minutes.
- A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined.
- It is estimated that nearly 4 million American men are living with prostate cancer.
- As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. About 6 in 10 cases are found in men over the age of 65.
- Men with relatives—father, brother, son—with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease.
- If the cancer is caught at its earliest stages, most men will not experience any symptoms.
- 99% of patients live 5 years or longer after diagnosis.
Go to pcf.org/guides to request free materials about prostate cancer.