This November, runners from around Arkansas will have the chance to out-dash prostate cancer.
Like many organizations this year, The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) is taking its annual prostate cancer race virtual. It will be hosting the 2020 Virtual Stache Dash on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The Stache Dash is aimed at improving prostate cancer treatment in Arkansas. According to Cancer.org, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, and approximately one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
“The Virtual Stache Dash 5K is an opportunity for all of us to support the men in our lives and raise awareness about prostate cancer,” APCF Executive Director Chris Collier said in a statement. “Regardless of how you participate, you can help us ensure that all men are educated about their risks for developing prostate cancer and aware of their options regarding diagnosis and treatment.”
Based on data from the American Cancer Society, Arkansas experienced a rate of 111.4 cases of prostate cancer per 100,000 population from 2012 to 2016. This rate was only behind female breast cancer. The death rate due to prostate cancer was 18.6 per 100,000 population – ranked third among cancer types in Arkansas, behind lung and bronchus cancer and breast cancer.
In 2020, the American Cancer Society estimates that there have been 1,860 new prostate cancer cases with an estimated 280 deaths due to the cancer.
The virtual race is designed to counter the spread of this cancer and improve treatment options.
Race participants are instructed to complete their 5K before Nov. 15 and then record their time. However, there is no time limit for completing the race.
To register, click here. Registration includes a Stache Dash t-shirt.