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For the First Time in its History, the State House is Lit in Blue to Honor Prostate Cancer Awareness Day on September 12
BOSTON, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 12, Olympians Bill Rodgers and Aly Raisman will join Senate President Therese Murray, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, and other key legislators, physicians and advocates for the 5th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House. This event will take place just days after President Barack Obama declared September 2013 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
WHY: Prostate Cancer is the most common major malignancy in the United States, striking as many as 1 in 6 men. Even though it is curable when detected early, prostate cancer is the second most lethal malignancy in men, killing an American man every 18 minutes in 2013. African American men are 60% more likely to be diagnosed and 250% more likely to die. And yet, current screening tools such as the PSA test has created such a considerable controversy that recently, major medical and government organizations recommended against its routine use. This situation has left men and their health care providers without a clear approach to early detection, which is critical for saving lives.
WHAT: The goal of Prostate Cancer Awareness Day (PCAD) 2013 is to advance public education of the current advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment so that men and their health care providers will be empowered to make informed and shared decisions on PSA screening and other patient care options. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will provide a mobile facility for free counseling and screening of men.
PCAD was established in 2009 by the Boston-based AdMeTech Foundation in collaboration with prostate cancer survivors at the State House, including Senator Stephen Brewer, Senator Kenneth Donnelly and Representative Stephen Kulik. These annual events have gathered broad support from the key state legislators, celebrities, physicians and scientists who joined efforts to create a Massachusetts model of national leadership in prostate cancer awareness and research.
WHO: Prostate cancer survivor Bill Rodgers participated in the Olympic games in 1976 and was elected to the Boston Marathon's Hall of Fame. Aly Raisman, who recently lost a family member to cancer, won a gold medal in the Olympic games in 2012 and was a top performer on the ABC hit Dancing with the Stars in 2013. Senate President Murray, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Joint Ways and Means Committee's Chair Senator Stephen Brewer and Vice Chair Representative Kulik set a historic precedent by issuing a Massachusetts General Court Resolution recognizing prostate cancer as a public health priority, central issue in men's health and a major health care disparity. More recently, they championed a $1.5 million research program for the advancement of early detection. AdMeTech Foundation's President Dr. Faina Shtern is a founder of the PCAD event; she has been leading international programs in prostate cancer awareness, education and research.
Collaborating organizations include Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition, Cancer Resource Foundation, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Prostate Health Education Network, Men of Color Health Awareness, Whittier Street Health Clinic, American Cancer Society, Us TOO International and Zero Cancer. Bayer Healthcare and Genentech are sponsors of this event. State-of-the-art exhibits will be presented by In Vivo/Philips, Sotio, Sanofi, Shields Healthcare and other organizations.
WHEN & WHERE: The PCAD event will be held on September 12 in the Massachusetts State House's Great Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the ultimate goal to advance prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. For more information, visit www.admetech.org.
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