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Stroud tackling cancer

Jaguars' defensive tackle Marcus Stroud will team up with the Prostate Cancer Education Council and Baptist Cancer Institute to tackle a tougher opponent that Stroud will ever face on the football field.

The Prostate Cancer Education Council has designated the week of September 14-20 Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. The PCEC encourages men over the age of 45 to get screened for prostate cancer, which is leading cause of cancer death in men.

"When I was approached to be a spokesman for the program, I didn't know a lot about prostate cancer. But when I learned that over 30,000 men will die from this disease this year and that African-American men were at higher risk of getting it and dying from it, I knew right then that I wanted to be involved," stated Stroud.

On Tuesday, September 16, the Center for Prostate Care will provide free prostate cancer screenings from 4–7 p.m., on the first floor of the Baptist Cancer Institute, located at 1235 San Marco Blvd. Screenings will be held by appointment only. Baptist Health physicians will donate their time and conduct free screenings. To schedule an appointment, please call the Prostate Care Line at (904) 202-CARE (2273).

"I strongly encourage all men over the age of 45 to make an appointment and come out and get checked on September 16. If prostate cancer is caught early, it is nearly 100% survivable. So come out and get checked for yourself and for the ones you love."

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