April 16, 2018
Chicago, April 16, 2018 – Grammy® Award-Winning Blues Hall of Famer, Buddy Guy will be featured on the April 17th episode of Dr. Phil on CBS. He shares the story of his brother’s prostate cancer battle and untimely death due to late detection with Pfizer Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall.
Guy’s appearance is part of his broader awareness-raising efforts through PCa Blue, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from prostate cancer through education and awareness. The organization provides online resources, produces awareness campaigns and hosts numerous educational Blues events around the country to reach people at risk and to raise money for direct service organization such as PHEN, Us Too and ZERO, and the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust), which helps blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
Guy’s daughter Carlise Guy has joined forces with her dad and PCa Blue too. “Prostate cancer is a deadly disease that is impacting too many men, particularly African American men because we are not talking about it—with doctors or with each other. Early detection could have saved my Uncle’s life.”
According to PCa Blue’s President and CEO, Ivy Ahmed, “In working with Carlise and her father, I envision a world where no one loses a brother, father, uncle, friend, boss, or loved one to a disease that has the best chance of being cured when it is found at an early stage. The more we talk about it, the more men will be empowered to learn about their risk and make an informed plan for screening.”
We are eager to utilize Buddy’s commitment to saving lives from prostate cancer through this opportunity to give more exposure to the highly-treatable disease that impacts 1 in 9 men. “This is a cancer that has very few, if any, noticeable symptoms when it is in its earliest, curable stage. That’s why talking to your doctor is essential to making the most informed decisions about testing and if diagnosed, treatment options,” says Kelvin Moses, MD, PhD, a urologic oncologist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and PCa Blue medical advisor.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men. There are more than 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the U.S. today and more than 160,000 men will be diagnosed this year. To learn more, visit www.pcablue.org/prostate-cancer-information.
ABOUT PCa BLUE: PCa Blue, a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through education and awareness. We leverage blues music and healthcare professionals to educate men and their loved ones so they recognize their personal risk, seek appropriate testing and, if diagnosed, understand the numerous treatment options available for them. For donations visit www.pcablue.org/donate.