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Living and Loving with Prostate Cancer: Men Deserve Better
Date:4/28/2009

Treat the disease and the man, urge advocacy groups worldwide

CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Vast improvements in prostate cancer recognition, management and treatment are needed, according to influential prostate cancer groups, speaking today on the occasion of the American Urological Association annual meeting. In particular, a Charter for Change called Learning, Living and Loving draws attention to the impact of prostate cancer on a man's love life which can be affected due to changes in his sexual function, and changes in the way he perceives his own masculinity.

The charter from 13 major prostate cancer groups in the US and Europe calls on policy makers, patient groups, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the media and the general public to advance the early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of prostate cancer, and take effective steps to improve the handling of the 'whole man' - mind, body and spirit.

"Prostate cancer is reaching epidemic status. It is possibly one of the biggest challenges to men's health in the world today but through the charter, we're urging men to take control of their own healthcare." comments Thomas Kirk, President and CEO of Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network. "Men should put their best healthcare team on the field. That's to say they should assemble the best team of doctors and researchers around them for advice on treatment options, and draw strength from the loving support of their family, to help them manage the impact the disease can have on how they feel emotionally, on their love life and on their feelings of intimacy with their partner."

The group's overarching concern is a lack of clear and consistent information, particularly in areas that affect a man's quality of life and that of his family. Prostate cancer and its treatments impact on all eleme
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