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Cancer-awareness auto show is back in OC

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September 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Since routine PSA testing for men started in the 1980s, the five year survival rate for prostate cancer has jumped from 75 to 99 percent. But it's not easy to get men to the doctor, so one local group has decided to bring PSA screening to a unique auto show.When 4-month-old Randy Joe is 30 years old, her grandfather Ross Kroenert still wants to be around.

"This is one of the reasons we get checked," said Kroenert.

Kroenert lost his father to prostate cancer and Debbie Baker lost her husband to the disease two years ago. That's why the two founded Cruisin' for a Cure. The largest charity car show dedicated to prostate cancer awareness and detection.

"So many of the guys, the car guys, are in that age where it's so critical to be tested," said Kroenert.

Amidst all these beautiful antique vehicles, the star of this show is this cancer screening van.

Screening should start at age 40. City of Hope's Dr. David Josephson says men with a family history should start even sooner.

"Our goal is to get a baseline on most men and have them follow their levels," said Dr. Josephson.

Critics of PSA screening says it can lead to misdiagnosis and unnecessary testing. But supporters say the benefits outweigh the risks.

Since Cruisin' for a Cure started testing nine years ago, hundreds of lives have been saved as a result.

Last year the staff said they tested over a thousand men. And this year because of the economy, organizers expect even more men to take advantage of the free testing.

"I have so many men that walk up and say, 'Thanks for saving my life,'" said Baker.

PSA testing at Cruisin' for a Cure starts Saturday at 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

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