Oct. 18, 2007
Former Fighting Irish and Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann will meet with fans at the AVODART® (dutasteride) booth in the Joyce Center from noon until 1 p.m on Saturday, October 20, prior to Notre Dame-USC game. AVODART is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of an enlarging prostate — a condition that affects half of all men over age 50.1
For the past three years, Theismann has been involved with an educational campaign sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline to raise awareness about prostate health. Theismann, who was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate in 2004, has traveled the country to encourage men to talk to their doctors about possible symptoms and have an annual prostate screening.
During his collegiate career at Notre Dame (1971 – 73), Theismann led the Fighting Irish to a 20-3-2 record. He still holds the Notre Dame record for most passing yards in a single game (526 yards) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. During his NFL career, Theismann led the Washington Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XVII and was the 1983 NFL MVP.
“I am always excited to come back to Notre Dame, and this appearance will be especially rewarding as classmates and fans can come visit me in the AVODART booth and learn more about enlarging prostate,” said Theismann. “Raising awareness about the importance of annual prostate screenings is important to me because prostate disease has personally touched me and my family.”
For important information about AVODART, please visit www.avodart.com. And for more information on prostate health, and to enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip to the PGA TOUR’s FBR Open next February, please visit www.prostatecare.com.
About Enlarging Prostate Enlarging prostate is a prevalent and progressive condition that affects 50 percent of men over 50 years of age and more than 90 percent of men over age 80.1 An enlarged prostate causes changes in urinary habits because of its location around the urethra. Over time, the prostate can continue to grow and urinary symptoms may worsen as the bladder loses the ability to empty itself. Left untreated, in severe cases, an enlarged prostate can lead to serious long-term problems including acute urinary retention (AUR) and the need for surgery, and in rare cases even kidney or bladder damage.2