The non-profit Cancer Detection Center, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is pleased to announce our jointly sponsored, second annual, "Father's Day All Month" prostate health campaign. During the month of June, which is also National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, men at risk will be able to obtain a urological exam and a "PSA" Blood Test for the low-cost of $25.00.

As part of the June campaign, the American Cancer Society will emphasize the importance of the exam by offering free Father's Day cards inscribed with a heartfelt, caring message: "On this special day, I want you to know how much you mean to me. And because I care, I'm asking that you make an appointment for an annual prostate cancer early detection test." The card also includes a detachable doctor's appointment card.

"Father's Day is an ideal time to remind the men over 40 in your life to make an appointment for their annual check-up," says Marvin Feldman, the Society's Central Los Angeles Unit's prostate cancer chair, and Public Relations Director for the Cancer Detection Center.

The Society and the Cancer Detection Center have also joined a national petition drive asking President Clinton and the U.S. Congress to commit increased funding for prostate cancer research. The petition will be delivered to the President on Father's Day.

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer found in men and the second most common cause of death with one man dying every thirteen minutes. In 1997 an estimated 334,500 new cases will be diagnosed in the US and there will be 41,800 deaths. Prostate cancer mortality rates are more than two times higher for African-American Men than White Men. But it doesn't have to be! The expanded use of the "Prostate Specific Antigen" Test, or PSA, in addition to the "Digital Rectal Exam, results in life-saving early detection of prostate cancer. The PSA test is "the first screening blood test" that has been recommended by the American Cancer Society.

In California, one in six African-American Men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, compared with one in eleven White Men and one in eighteen Hispanic Men. More than one half of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer will die from it within ten years. Tough odds for we men, but it doesn't have to be with early detection!

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland, located just below the bladder, that surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder during urination.. It weighs only a few grams at birth and gradually enlarges to its adult size by age 20. The primary role of the prostate is to provide part of the fluid necessary for ejaculation.

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