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Karmanos and The Prostate Net Team Up to Train Prostate Cancer Advocates

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and The Prostate Net joined forces to train prostate cancer patients to be advocates of prostate cancer awareness and early detection to help save lives. More than 20 participants took part in Karmanos’ Prostate Cancer Advocacy Training, a day-long training held at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in early December. The training was supported by a grant from the Michigan Institute of Urology (MIU) Men’s Health Foundation.

The Prostate Net developed CADRE Advocate Training Seminar and is working with health organizations around the globe to help change the negative impact of prostate cancer. The training model launched by The Prostate Net recruits patient advocates to help promote men’s health and encourage men to talk to their health care providers about important health issues.

Several cancer experts took part in Karmanos’ training session including: Elisabeth Heath, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Laura Zubeck, R.N., MBA; and Maureen Keenan Meldrum, of the Karmanos Cancer Institute; as well as Anita Linton of the Atlantic County New Jersey Coalition; and Virgil Simons, MBA, MPA, of The Prostate Net.

“With an estimated 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer expected this year alone in the United States and nearly 30,000 deaths; and with the higher number of African American’s developing prostate cancer and also dying from it, it’s clear that we must be more aggressive in educating the community about men’s health,” said Dr. Heath, professor of Oncology and Medicine, and director, Prostate Cancer Research, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine.

“If we want to shift this disparities trend, we must meet people where they’re at – in their neighborhoods, churches, and social centers. Having patients who understand this disease serve as prostate cancer advocates is a plus. In addition, patient advocates can help physicians and scientists better understand the cultural perceptions that can sometimes be barriers that prevent men from getting annual check-ups or access to needed clinical trials. We believe this advocate program will not only help raise awareness but make an impact in lowering prostate mortality rates right here in our community.”

Currently, one in six men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.  

The Prostate Net CADRE Advocate Training initiative was developed to train patient advocates and enable them to build sustainable models of education, intervention, research and advocacy within their communities related to prostate cancer and men’s health.

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