Pedal Away Prostate Cancer Bike Race and Health Fair set for Sept. 19

 

Hundreds of bicyclists are expected this year for the seventh annual Pedal Way Prostate Cancer Bike Race and Health Fair on Sept. 19. The event begins and ends at Eden Hill Medical Center in Dover. To learn more or register, visit bikereg.com and search for “Pedal Away Prostate Cancer.” (Submitted photo)

Hundreds of bicyclists are expected this year for the seventh annual Pedal Way Prostate Cancer Bike Race and Health Fair on Sept. 19. The event begins and ends at Eden Hill Medical Center in Dover. To learn more or register, visit bikereg.com and search for “Pedal Away Prostate Cancer.”
(Submitted photo)

DOVER –– For the seventh consecutive year, area residents can rally around a cause that typically doesn’t get much attention — prostate cancer.

The annual Pedal Away Prostate Cancer Bike Race and Health Fair is slated for Sept. 19.

Although prostate cancer is the number one cancer in the male population, it doesn’t get the same time in the spotlight as other illnesses like breast cancer or heart disease.

“One of the big problems is that women are a lot more open about discussing their health so men’s issues typically don’t have the same type of awareness campaigns,” said the founder of the event, Dr. Michael Zaragoza of Urology Associates of Dover.

The race, which partnered with the Senior Olympics two years ago, has been growing since its inception and has become a popular stop among the bike community.

“We advertise on bikereg.com and it’s a site where a lot of bikers go on to see where local bike races are so a lot of people have found out about us that way,” Dr. Zaragoza said.

And the more people that join in, the better. Prostate cancer is mostly asymptomatic but can typically be caught early on with a blood test or physical exam.

“Many times, there won’t be any symptoms and once a patient starts experiencing them, the cancer may have spread and it’s too late to cure,” Dr. Zaragoza said. “But when men turn 40, they should come in for a screening and it’s literally a one minute test that can save your life.”

The initial results from around age 40 can be used to determine a future screening schedule, although typically all men over 50 should have an annual screening.

The highest risk factor for prostate cancer is a family history of the disease. African-Americans also have a higher diagnosis rate than other ethnicities. Overall though, men have a one in seven chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer so screening should be taken seriously despite risk factors.

On Sept. 19, registration for the race starts at 8 a.m. and is open for both competitive and casual bikers with the 25-mile, electronically timed road race beginning at 9:30 a.m. and a non-timed 25-mile bike ride starting soon after.

“Although this is a race, we don’t want anyone to be discouraged from participating because they aren’t a competitive biker so the competitive bikers will start first with everyone else going later so non-competitive bikers can finish the course at their leisure,” Dr. Zaragoza said.

As bikers roll back to Eden Hill Medical Center, prizes will be awarded to the top finishers while a picnic lunch is served.

Grotto Pizza and Texas Roadhouse will be serving lunch with dessert options provided by Rita’s and wine and beer tastings will be available from Fordham and Old Dominion breweries and Harvest Ridge Winery.

The “Go Blue” health fair will all be set up at Eden Hill until noon. Available at the fair are free PSA vouchers and prostate cancer screening registrations, blood pressure and skin cancer screenings and massages.

The annual event is sponsored by the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition and raises funds that support free community prostate screening programs and educational outreach.

To learn more or register, visit bikereg.com and search for “Pedal Away Prostate Cancer.” Registration can also be completed the morning of the race.

The race begins and ends at Eden Hill Medical Center at 200 Banning Street in Dover.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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