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Date:6/19/2009

New Campaign Launches on Father's Day to Encourage Men & Their Families to Take an Active Role in Protecting their Prostate Health

NEW YORK, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The son of a professional player and coach, soccer runs in Marcelo Balboa's family, but like many others, so does prostate cancer. In 1988, Balboa's grandfather was diagnosed with the disease. That's why Balboa is joining with the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) and oncology leader sanofi-aventis to kick off TEAM UP AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER, this Father's Day Weekend. TEAM UP AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER urges men to take charge of their prostate health.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/teamup/38858/

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090619/NY35096 )

Prostate cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed among men in the United States with approximately 186,320 diagnoses in 2008. An estimated 28,000 American men die from prostate cancer each year; however, prostate cancer may be effectively treated when detected early.

"Because my grandfather had prostate cancer, I am at a higher risk of developing the disease," says Balboa. "I felt it was important to join Prostate Conditions Education Council and sanofi-aventis on TEAM UP AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER because I want to encourage men over 50 or who, like me, have a family history of prostate cancer, to talk to their doctor about their prostate health and screening options."

The goal of TEAM UP AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER is to encourage men to know their risk of developing the disease, to speak with their doctors about prostate health, and, if diagnosed with prostate cancer, to draft their own all-star multidisciplinary team con
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