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Join Team Urology for the Gary Papa Run

Team-urologyOn Sunday, June 17, Penn urologists and staff will celebrate Father’s Day by helping to raise awareness and lead the fight against the second-highest cancer killer among men.

According to the American Urological Association, prostate cancer claimed 33,720 lives in the United States last year, second only to lung cancer in cancer mortality causes for men.

“Multiple management strategies, ultimately chosen by patients, can markedly decrease this number when the disease is detected at an early stage,” said  Alan Wein, MD, chief of Urology. “Early detection, in my opinion, allows earlier treatment of those cases that need to be actively managed.”

Join the Penn Urology team – which includes staff and patients --  in the 10th Annual Gary Papa Run, benefitting prostate cancer research and awareness.  “It’s a great bonding, seeing the physicians supporting patients both in and out of the office,” said Anna Bottoms, who is recruiting participants for the Penn Urology team and raising funds for the annual race. 

 “It gives me positive energy to see our patients participating in the walk, and doing well, and moving forward in the community after they’re cured of their prostate cancer,” said Thomas Guzzo, MD.

“Although prostate cancer is a prevalent disease, there’s still that segment of the population who don’t know much about it,” he continued. “The gratifying part of the job is helping people – who may be scared and anxious – from the initial prostate cancer diagnosis through their therapy, and hopefully curing their cancer.”

Penn Medicine offers a number of different therapies for prostate cancer patients, including radical prostatectomy (robotic or open procedure), proton therapy, and radiation therapy, as well as clinical trials for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

To join the Penn Urology team, go to www.garypaparun.com or contact anna.bottoms@uphs.upenn.edu. The registration deadline to join the Penn team is Thursday, June 7 (June 14, for individual registrants). All Penn Urology team members will receive a t-shirt. The team will also have a tent set up with information on available urology treatments.

Photo caption: Irwin Goldstein, MD, (l.) and Thomas Guzzo, MD, will be part of Team Urology in this year’s Gary Papa Run.

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