I unfortunately learned just how devastating prostate cancer is on September 7, 2006. It was on that date my grandfather lost his lengthy battle with the disease. With September being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important for me to help bring more awareness to the disease that took my grandfather and has taken (and will take) so many other fathers and grandfathers around the world. This morning I was joined by Carlin Isles, the world’s fastest rugby player and one of the top rugby stars on the USA Rugby team (United States National Sevens Rugby Team) to discuss why prostate cancer is such a critical men’s health issue, especially for African American men, and how we can all bring more awareness to the disease on social media with the hashtag #Pass4Prostate. He also dished on the important rugby match taking place on September 5th against the Qantas Wallabies at Soldier Field, and his thoughts on rugby being reintroduced at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Candace Rose: Why is prostate cancer such a critical mens health issue, especially for African Americans?
Carlin Isles: “Because one out of five African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer so the risk is very high.”
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about the #Pass4Prostate challenge and how viewers can get involved during Prostate Cancer Awareness month?
Carlin Isles: “Yes, so USA Rugby and Australia have partnered with Astellas to raise up to $125,000 to get awareness around and about. What people can do is go on Twitter using the hashtag #Pass4Prostate, and Astellas will donate $5 every time someone will do that. All you have to do is go there and do that and get the message, a photo or a video using hashtag #Pass4Prostate. You don’t have to do that, Atellas will do that for you, and that’s how you get the movement around.”
Candace Rose: What is significant about the USA Eagles versus Qantas Wallabies rugby match on September 5th at Soldier Field in Chicago?
Carlin Isles: “Just to get rugby out, especially in the U.S. It’s a great match, test match leading up to the World Cup. These two teams are very good teams, especially Australia (one of the top teams) in the world. It’s a great chance for people in America to see more of rugby and what it has to offer.”
Candace Rose: The sport of rugby is returning to the Olympics in 2016 after being discontinued by the Olympic games in 1924. As one of the top rugby stars in the world, what does this mean to you?
Carlin Isles: “It means everything. It’s a blessing for us to be able to go the Olympics and we qualified, so it’s a dream come true for me and a lot of my teammates. It’s a platform for us to put rugby on the map in America, for our country. We’re hoping to take gold and then bring that back for the U.S.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Carlin. Where can we go for more information?
Carlin Isles: “You can go to PassForProstate.org and you’ll find a lot more information there.”