It may seem more than a little unorthodox, but one of the greatest gifts a family could give to men on Sunday for Father’s Day is a trip to the doctor for a prostate exam.
To promote that idea, survivors from The Prostate Cancer Networking Group will partner with the University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to help raise awareness and let men, dads and the people who love them know they have support.
Volunteers will hand out information at the gates at Kauffman Stadium ahead of the Royals 1:10 p.m. game against the Boston Red Socks. It’s also being called “Family Fun Sunday.”
Prostate Cancer Awareness Day just adds to the caring that families can show for the health of the dads in their lives.
The organizers have received a proclamation from Kansas City Mayor Sly James in support of the occasion, explaining that prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cancer-related cause of death among men. About 25 percent of prostate cancer occurs in men under age 65. Prostate exams are a man’s best defense against dying from that form of cancer.
A checkup as a Father’s Day gift could be the best present imaginable, enabling families to stay together in good health for many more years.