D-backs president Derrick Hall urges men to get PSA checked

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It has been almost three years since Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and all is well.

He had a scare two months ago when his PSA number went up, but is has since dropped.

Now the D-backs "Big Dog" can not only focus on the future of the franchise, but also helping others who are hit with the hardest news possible.

"When you are told you have cancer, you don't hear anything else" Hall said.

Education is one reason launched the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation. He wants to get men the information they need in their time of need, when they might not be thinking 100 percent clearly.

"Men need someone who is trustworthy and can filter the information," said Dr. Y. Mark Hong of Affiliated Urologists. "There is so much information out there, but the more you look, the more you are introduced to wrong information."

Hong is one of the founding board members and the medical adviser for the Pro-State Foundation.

The website, Pro-State.org, not only shares Hall's story, but also is a comprehensive resource for others affected with the disease.

"I believe everything happens for a reason," Hall said. "In this case it happened to me so I can educate the world and stand on this platform and use it as a resource to drive awareness and education."

According to the Prostate On-site Project (POP), 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

After skin cancer, it is the most diagnosed cancer in Arizona, and the second cause of cancer death in men.

The sixth annual Walk for POP is Saturday, Sept. 27 at Tempe Kiwanis Park. For more information, check out www.prostatecheckup.org.