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Prostate Cancer Awareness Week Is Coming Up
posted by Scott on Saturday September 02, @07:33PM
from the men's-health dept.
Men's Health This is to let everyone know that Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is Sept. 18-24, 2000. There's a web page, www.pcaw.com, which has a list of free or low-cost screenings around the country you can attend if you are over the age of 50 or a "high risk" (if it's in your family medical history or you're an African American) male over the age of 35. Click on "Read More" to read a general announcement about PCAW, and please do something to promote awareness of it - write a letter to your local newspaper about it, or buy some prostate cancer awareness US postage stamps.

12th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week: September 18-24, 2000

Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is the nation's largest cancer screening program having attracted over 3 million participants. It was developed because of the alarming percentage of men presenting advanced, incurable prostate cancer. The Prostate Tests/Screening have reduced mortality from the disease as much as 42%. And yet, it is estimated that over 31,000 will die this year because they didn't get an examination soon enough.

If you are a man over 50, or are an African American man over 35 or have a history of prostate cancer in your family, let this be your reminder to arrange a free or low cost appointment now to get tested. For the location nearest you, see http://www.pcaw.com. If you want a free reminder next year, sign-up for the free reminder service at http://www.menstuff.org/feedback/feedbackProstate.html

The national chairmen of this campaign are General Norman Schwartzkopf, who has served as since 1994. In 1996, actor Danny Glover joined as co-chairman in order to help recruit African American men, who have a 223% greater incidence of prostate cancer and over 30% greater chance of dying from prostate cancer than other men. This year, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer has joined in the fight.

This is a national education, service and research program. The first year of the program (1989), there were fewer than 100 screening centers in the United States. Today, this number has increased to over 300 locations providing free or low-cost prostate cancer screening with digital rectal examination (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.

This public awareness and education program was conceived and instituted by the Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) which represents urology, oncology, patient advocacy, minorities, clinical and behavioral research. The PCED was formed in 1988 to promote awareness, screening and early detection of prostate cancer.

If you are a man 15-34, you may be at risk of developing and dying from testicular cancer. To find out more, see www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/testicular.html. If you would like to sign-up for our free monthly self-exam reminder, you can do that at http://www.menstuff.org/feedback/feedbackTesticules.html.

Please pass this information on to all of the men you know, and to those who care about men. And, please put it on your listserv, if you have one. Yours in good health.

Gordon Clay, Executive Director
The National Men's Resource Center
Working since 1982 to end men's isolation
www.menstuff.org menstuff@menstuff.org

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