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Prostate Cancer Awareness Week to Screen Thousands

Prostate Cancer Education Council raises awareness about prostate cancer

and related health concerns

DENVER, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Every three minutes a man finds out he has prostate cancer -- the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men. In fact, more than 218,890 cases are expected in 2007, making prostate cancer among men more prevalent than breast cancer among women.

Yet men don't get checked. That is why the non-profit Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) coordinates free or low-cost screenings for millions of men across the United States each year during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. The Council, which brings together recognized physicians and researchers, was founded on the fact that prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent survivable if caught in its earliest stages.

"If only men would take annual screening for prostate cancer as seriously as women do for breast cancer," comments Dr. E. David Crawford, Head of the Urologic Oncology Department at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Founder/Chairman of the PCEC. "Every three minutes an American male discovers he has prostate cancer. This is a staggering statistic, but palatable when tempered with early diagnosis when the disease is at its most curable stage."

This year, Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW) will be held Sept. 17 -- 22 and will potentially screen thousands of men. With more than 500 screening sites across the United States, nearly every man at risk can get checked. Men are at risk if they are over age 40, or over age 35 if they are African-American or have a family history of the disease.

Screenings during PCAW take about 10 minutes and include a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) done by a trained professional. Men also can choose to have their cholesterol and testosterone levels checked, as many factors play into overall health awareness and a man's overall risk for prostate cancer.

With all these factors playing into a man's understanding of prostate cancer, PCEC has dedicated each day of PCAW to one particular topic relating to the disease. The days are:

Monday, Sept. 17 -- General Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

Tuesday, Sept. 18 -- Advanced Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

Wednesday, Sept. 19 -- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Awareness Day

Thursday, Sept. 20 -- Women, Families & Caregivers Day

Friday, Sept. 21 -- Know Your Numbers (Cholesterol, Testosterone, Obesity

& Nutrition) Day

Saturday, Sept. 22 -- New Horizons (Innovation, Research & Upcoming

Treatment Options) Day

To find a PCAW screening site near you and for more information on prostate cancer, please visit or call toll free 866-4PROST8.

About the Prostate Cancer Education Council

The Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) was founded in 1988 and coordinates the national Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW) program, Sept. 17 -- 22, 2007. PCAW was created by the PCEC as a means to offer free or low-cost prostate cancer screenings across the nation (12 in Colorado, more than 500 nationwide). PCEC and the PCAW event strive to educate men and the women in their lives about the prevalence of prostate cancer, the importance of early detection and the available treatment options. As one of the oldest and largest organized screening efforts in the nation, PCAW has helped millions of men receive potentially life-saving screenings in addition to influencing additional research dollars to be earmarked for prostate cancer. Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Dr. E. David Crawford

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