Taking a Swing at Living a Long and Healthy Life
In 1999, doing well professionally and feeling fine, Mr. Randall underwent a routine physical exam which included a blood test. That fateful test changed his life.
“I was 47 years old when I was first diagnosed,” Mr. Randall, who has broadcast professional baseball for more than 20 years, said. “Unannounced to me, my doctor did a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) screening that revealed I was full of cancer.”
Overcoming the shock and disbelief, Mr. Randall sought medical help. Acting quickly and his body’s response to treatment helped him to achieve his current clean bill of health. Now 56, Mr. Randall continues to talk baseball, spending the last seven years on the air at WFAN.
“To me at that time, the only PSA I knew of meant public service announcement,” Mr. Randall said. “I hadn’t thought about doing anything to promote prostate cancer awareness, but in 2002 someone suggested that I talk about this.
“I believe it is my obligation to help prevent men from getting sick.” Mr. Randall said. “Raising awareness has turned out to be my life’s work.”
Ironically, it’s been his natural ability to communicate that has helped him discuss and educate others regarding the need to test for prostate cancer – the most common non-skin cancer in the United States.
In 2006, Mr. Randall founded Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure with the moniker: Strike out prostate cancer. This spring, he will begin his third annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Tour, visiting Minor League baseball stadiums across the country. In addition, he will make free PSA testing and prostate blood test screening available in the Major Leagues this season at New York Yankee, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Ray games. Negotiations are ongoing to expand the Major League tour to Minnesota and San Diego.
“I am living proof of the importance of early detection,” Mr. Randall, who hosted the syndicated television show “Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball” from 1988-2002, said. “I’ve got a big mouth and it’s been my good fortune to be on the air at WFAN, Sirius/XM Radio and MLB.com, because all three have been generous in allowing me to speak on the subject.
“Having the public platform has been helpful in spreading the word about prostate cancer,” Mr. Randall said. “Men don’t go to doctors, so it’s my mission to show how epidemic this cancer is.”
According to statistics provided by Bat for the Cure: 240,000 men are annually diagnosed with prostate cancer; and within 10 years, medical experts predict a 50 percent increase in new prostate cases to more than 300,000, with 1-in-6 Caucasian men and 1-in-4 African American being diagnosed with the disease.