Cancer-free after his scare last year, Cal continues to use his platform for advocacy, spreading the word to other men about the risks of prostate cancer and the importance of early testing.
Together with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins, Cal recorded a :30 second PSA, that aired locally in the Baltimore market during the AFC Championship game recently, helping to shine a light on what men need to be aware of and the advice for many others like him when it comes to screening and treatment.
Watch the PSA from Johns Hopkins Medicine about early detection for prostate cancer:
One out of nine men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. Although Cal did not exhibit traditional symptoms, a trip to the urologist detected a normal, but slightly rising PSA level over the course of several years. It was caught early, thankfully, with a simple blood test called a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen).
The impactful message spoke of not delaying early testing because the cancer can be detected years before causing harm. The type of message from someone that not only everyone in Baltimore admires, but across the country as well who know someone or they themselves may be in the age group at risk for prostate cancer.
Tweet from Johns Hopkins Hospital:
1 out of 9 men will develop #prostatecancer in their lifetime. But it can be caught early with a simple blood test called a #PSA, which is how @CalRipkenJr detected his cancer in time to treat and fully recover with the help of @brady_urology . pic.twitter.com/4A67fXqnzS— Johns Hopkins Medicine (@HopkinsMedicine) January 25, 2021