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OC car show to prevent prostate cancer

September 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Orange County is playing host to a pair of events this weekend that will focus on finding a cure for cancer.On Sunday the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" takes place but Saturday car enthusiasts will be "Cruisin for a Cure."

It's a huge car show that's fun but focuses on curing a very serious issue.

"It's actually the largest car show in the nation," said Debbie Baker from 'Cruisin for a Cure.' "This is all to bring gentlemen in here for prostate cancer screenings and show their cars at the same time.

All men over forty attending the show can get a simple blood test that could save their lives.

"Out of all the cancers it's probably least aggressive," said Dr. David Josephson. "But it's also the most prevalent, so it's the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men."

Men are often reluctant to go to doctors until something serious happens. But this celebration of chrome and horsepower makes it really easy to get screened.

The PSA blood screening doesn't hurt, it only takes a couple of minutes, they mail the results to your house and it could save your life.

Money raised at this tenth anniversary show will go to the City of Hope to help fund prostate cancer research. Before the gates even officially opened this year's total is around $60,000 and growing.

Even more important than the money, is that every year nearly a thousand men are tested and there are heartwarming stories of the disease being caught early.

"I had a call last Wednesday," Baker said. "A gentleman that called and said 'am I calling the right number, I want to thank somebody for being tested last year' and he said that if it wasn't for your test I wouldn't be here."

No excuses car guys. Come out and have some fun while taking care of your health at the same time.


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