2014 Tour de France – Stage 1 Lanterne Rouge

Prostate Cancer Awareness Project Lanterne Rouge Cycling Jersey The Toughest Journey in the World by Robert Warren Hess Every cancer survivor faces their own, unique journey through the rest of their life. I know, because I’m an 11 year prostate cancer survivor. It’s a life-changing journey of survival that requires changes in what we do, what we eat, and how we think. In my case, my survival program included getting back on my bicycle and riding around the world*, because exercise helps build the body’s immune system and helps with changing to a healthier life system. Le Tour de France 2014 The Tour de France is, without question, the toughest bicycle race in the world. The 2014 edition of the Tour de France lasts 21 days and covers 3,664 kilometers – that’s 2,276.704 miles! Just finishing the Tour de France is an incredible feat. The journey of a lifetime for a professional cyclist. But, as is almost always the case, the focus is almost soley on the most talented riders – the race leaders, CG contenders, king of the mountain contenders, and the sprinters. There’s even a special category for the best younger rider and the most courages rider of the day. But there is no recognition for the […] read more

What a 6-Year Old Can Teach Men About Prostate Cancer

Ale Gianna sends a Father's Day Message to her Dad Ale Gianna’s Message to Her Dad on Father’s Day 6-year old Ale Gianna is a remarkable young person. I met her and her father in Phoenix earlier this spring on a  Prostate Cancer Awareness Project mission to participate in a prostate cancer motorcycle ride hosted by Shelley Martin – Scottsdale Harley-Davidson – as part of Arizona Bike Week. Ale’s message is to all Dads everywhere. Thank you Ale, from all of us!   read more

2nd Annual Arizona Bike Week Prostate Cancer Ride

PCAP President Robert Hess with Shelley Martin, Peace Out for Prostate Cancer Ride Founder by Robert Warren Hess The PCAP Pony Express rode on April 2nd with Shelley Martin and her “Peace Out for Prostate Cancer” ride at Arizona Bike Week in Phoenix. Shelley founded the ride in 2013 in honor of her father and grandfather, both of who died from prostate cancer. It was a beautiful day, with close to 400 riders making a loop through the area north of Phoenix. My father lived in Phoenix and loved the desert and I can see why. It has a very special beauty. One-on-One About Prostate Cancer It’s always great to be out with guys because we have a chance to talk about prostate cancer one-on-one. I spoke with one rider. “Joe,” who has had a rising PSA for two years but had just received a negative biopsy. “joe’s” PSA is up to 10 – remember that 4 is generally considered “normal”* – and there are no abnormalities with his physical exam. He told me that his biopsy consisted of 6 core samples. I’m not a doctor and I don’t give medical advice, but I remember that my biopsy included 18 core samples and it took two sets of 18 samples to find my two […] read more

Earth Hour, Prostate Cancer Prevention, and My Bicycle Ride Around the World

PCAP Founder and President Robert Warren Hess finishes his 24,901.6 mile bicycle ride and earns his Around the World Cycling Jersey Just How do Earth Hour and Prostate Cancer Prevention Come Together? Earth Hour began seven years go in Sidney, Australia and is about preserving the earth’s environment. Over 7,000 cities and towns around the globe have now created annual Earth Hour events that take place on March 29th. There are many different types of cancer but research has shown that environmental factors often play a key role in the gene mutations associated with cancer. As of the end of 2013, there were more than 12 million Americans living with cancer. So, there’s the environmental connection between Earth Hour and preventing prostate cancer, but what’s the connection to my bicycle ride around the world? The PCAP Around the World Cycling Challenge Lack of exercise and poor nutrition contribute significantly to a third of all cancers, including prostate cancer. After my diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer in 2003, I decided to create my personal prostate cancer battle plan to reduce the possibility of recurrence as much as possible. The key exercise element in my program was bicycling. I got back on my bicycle and began riding again. After the first year I decided I needed a goal for focus, so I […] read more

East Side Riders Support Prostate Cancer Awareness in East Los Angeles

Picture of East Side Riders in Los Angeles 300 Young People Ride 16 Miles on Cruiser Bikes Over 300 young people and their mentors rode 16 miles on Saturday, October 19th, past famous landmarks in the Watts section of east Los Angeles, including the famous Watts towers, raising awareness for cancer. The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project was pleased to be able to donate more than 50 cycling jerseys to the East Side Bicycle Rider club, founded and managed by John Jones. The ride’s goal was to raise awareness of cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, more than one third of all cancers stem from poor nutrition and lack of exercise. The rides promoted by the East Side Bicycle Riders helps with the exercise and integrates with the community garden program developed by Tim Watkins, leader of the Watts Labor Action Committee. Take a moment and visit the Facebook page of the East Side Bicycle Riders and see what they are up to. A huge thanks to our board member, Scott Peterson, EVP and Chief Credit Officer of the National Bank of California, for representing The PCAP at Saturday’s ride. Beating Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer strikes one in every six men, but it’s treatable if detected early. If […] read more

How The Internet Helps in the Cancer Battle

How the Internet Has Changed How We Look at Cancer by Nikki Longo A cancer diagnosis can be scary, overwhelming, confusing and alarming. But there is power and hope in knowledge, and the Internet can be a great tool for seeking answers. With a wealth of information available 24/7, the Internet has changed how we view cancer in many ways. Support Groups Online support groups provide cancer patients with access to thousands of people who have endured and conquered the same disease. Shared emotional experiences can provide a sense of normalcy amidst the overwhelming physical and emotional responses to cancer diagnosis. The encouragement and shared knowledge found in support groups is invaluable. These groups allow patients to see that even in the worst of cases, there can be hope for recovery. Support groups can also help those who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer. They can share their feelings with others in similar situations, and they can learn how best to help their loved one deal with the emotions and side effects of the disease and its treatments. Knowledge Half the battle is being able to understand the implications of cancer and treatment options. Without access to proper knowledge, […] read more

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JP Morgan Chase Community Giving Contributes to PCAP’s ProstateTracker Program

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA (PRBUZZ) January 3, 2013. “Prostate cancer doesn’t care.  But JP Morgan Chase Does!”  JPMorgan Chase Community Giving joined the fight to end prostate cancer by contributing to the first Internet prostate cancer early warning tool for men, ProstateTracker. ProstateTracker, developed by the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, is a free Internet-based prostate cancer early detection tool. Men just enter their annual prostate specific antigen (PSA) number and ProstateTracker reveals if there is an increase from the previous year, which is a warning sign of possible prostate cancer. ProstateTracker also sends a reminder email when a man’s next annual test is due.  ProstateTracker is free to everyone. Prostate Cancer Awareness Project CEO Robert Hess, himself a 10-year prostate cancer survivor, notes that he calls himself an “accidental prostate cancer survivor” because he was diagnosed with multiple prostate cancer tumors when his PSA and physical exam results were within the “normal” range. Hess notes that “normal” varies from man-to-man.  The best way to find prostate cancer early, when it still is treatable, is tracking any rise in PSA value from the previous year. “Metatastic prostate cancer – prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body- is almost impossible to […] read more