Men over the age of 50, have a one in seven chance of developing prostate cancer during their lifetime. These are not good odds. In fact, prostate cancer is the second most deadly cause of death in men over 75. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation prostate cancer is the most common non skin cancer in America. The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is 1 in 38 for men ages 40 to 59. The risk rises to 1 in 14 for men ages 60 to 69.
Television Legend Ed Asner campaigns in hope of bringing awareness to the importance of preventing prostate cancer in his critically acclaimed one-man comedy stage play “A Man and his Prostate” which began its national tour in 2017 and is including a stop at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater on April 28 at 7 pm. The show is sponsored by the Community Health Center of Branch County.
“Nearly 6 million male Americans are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. About 26,000 will die from aggressive forms that are not treated in time for prevention. Most cancers are slow-growing and effectively harmless, experts say, if detected early.
Chris Kelly, Director of the CHC Cancer Center says, “Remind all men that they should be getting a physical done at their physician’s office, which includes a prostate screen, annually. Also, CHC hosts a free Prostate Screening Clinic open to all men each year in September.” For more information contact the Cancer Center at 279-5301.
Asner also recommends screening and testing ASAP, as quoted during the comedy script in his one-man stage play.
Best known for his starring role on the Mary Tyler Moore TV series, and his own television series Lou Grant, 7-time Emmy Award winner Actor Ed Asner is preaching the gospel intended to save lives and prevent prostate cancer surgery via his 90-minute performance of “A Man and his Prostate” which has received the following media reviews :
“While Asner’s stage play is a serious health issue, ‘A Man and his Prostate’ is highly entertaining while also serving as a public service announcement to men to get prostate screenings by their doctors.” —Anne-Allegra Bennett, New York Theater Critic
”A Man and his Prostate’ proved both great entertainment as well as a good medical advice.” —Marilyn Lester Theater Pizzazz
“This is a seriously funny show, based on a serious subject. Ed Asner is what makes ‘A Man and his Prostate’ so gut-bustingly funny.” —Late Night in NY Review
“In part a public service announcement for men to get prostate exam, ‘A Man and his Prostate’ is totally entertaining due to the superior writing and Ed Asner’s great Star Performance.” —Theater Scene Magazine
Tickets for “A Man and his Prostate” are available on line at Tibbits.org or by calling the theatre at 517-278-6029. The event includes a cash bar. Show tickets are $30 – $45 with fees. A limited number of tickets for a Meet and Greet reception with Ed Asner are also available. Reception tickets are $90.
The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post are among the media sources which provided statistics for this press release.