Quincy & Rashida Jones Raise Awareness About Prostate Cancer

Famous father and daughter duo Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones have teamed up for a PSA on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).

The clip, entitled “Cherishing Life’s Special Moments,” seeks to raise awareness about the importance of speaking with your doctor about prostate cancer.

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Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death for men in the United States, affecting one in six men, according to PCF. In the U.S. alone, 2.5 million American men and their families are currently living with prostate cancer.

Quincy Jones has enjoyed one of the longest, most successful careers in popular music as a record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, he has been nominated for a record 79 Grammys – won 27 – and in 1991, received the Grammy Legend Award.  In addition to his numerous awards and honors, most recently Jones was inducted into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“As a father, I cherish the special moments in life and understand how they can fly by in an instant,” said Quincy Jones. “Prostate cancer has affected dear friends and family of mine, so I am honored to be part of this campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to reinforce how incredibly important it is for men to talk to their doctors about prostate cancer.”

Rashida Jones is a film and television actress, comic book author, screenwriter, singer and currently appears on the hit NBC sitcom, “Parks and Recreation.” She has appeared in numerous feature films, including I Love You, Man; Our Idiot Brother; The Social Network; The Muppets; and Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she co-wrote. Jones was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and was recognized in 2011 as an Influential Multiracial Public Figure runner-up.

“I was excited to shoot this PSA with my father,” said Rashida Jones. “We have to protect the men we cherish, so please talk to your fathers, your grandfathers, husbands, brothers and sons and make sure they speak to their doctors about this disease and how to reduce their risk.”

“Men are 40 percent less likely than women to have visited a healthcare provider in the past year…But talking to one’s doctor about prostate cancer is critically important,” said Stand Up To Cancer President & CEO Sung Poblete, PhD, RN.  “We are thrilled to have the father and daughter pair of Quincy and Rashida Jones spread that message through this PSA, and hope it empowers men to speak with their doctors about prostate cancer and when screening is right for them so they can make informed decisions.”

To learn more, visit StandUp2Cancer.org or PCF.org.


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Nelson Mandela: His 5 Surprising Health Conditions

Nelson Mandela, the legendary South African former president, politician and activist, is back in the hospital in “serious but stable” condition, after once again suffering from an unspecified lung infection.

Unfortunately, this is not the only time the world leader, 94, has suffered from serious health problems over the years.

1985: Prostate Cancer

Mandela had surgery in 1985 for an enlarged prostate gland, and in 2001, he received treatment for prostate cancer.

1988: Tuburculosis

While imprisoned under South Africa’s apartheid regime, Mandela suffered from early stage tuberculosis in 1988. After having fluid drained from his chest, he spent six weeks recuperating.

1994: Eye Damage

Mandela’s tear ducts were damaged by years of being forced to smash limestone rocks in the quarry on Robben Island, due to the alkalinity of the stone.

He had cataract surgery aged 75 in 1994, shortly after becoming president of South Africa, and press photographers were asked to turn off camera flashes when photographing him.

2012: Stomach Pain

In February 2012, Mandela underwent a minor exploratory laparoscopy procedure to investigate persistent abdominal pain.

2011-Present Day: Lung Infection

In January 2011, at 92, he spent two days in the hospital with an acute respiratory infection. The following year, in December 2012, Mandela underwent nearly three weeks of treatment for his lung infection, as well as gallstone surgery.

Mandela returned to the hospital again on March 27, 2013 for 10 days of treatment for pneumonia when doctors drained a build-up of fluid from his chest, known as a pleural effusion.

Most recently, he was readmitted to the hospital with a renewed lung infection.