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Rae-Ann Tucker-Marshall
Henry-Stark Health Department
Sept. 1, 2014 10 a.m.

   The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that September

has been designated National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

   Although its mortality rate has steadily fallen in the last decade,

prostate cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men in

the United States.  This year alone, nearly 218,000 men will be diagnosed

with prostate cancer, and more than 32,000 men will die from this disease.

RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall, Director of Public Information with the Health

Department states, "National Prostate Cancer Awareness month gives us the

opportunity to renew our committment to fight this disease by finding better

ways to prevent, detect, and treat it."

   Today, 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only

1 man in 34 will die of the disease.  More than 2 million men in the United

States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still

alive today.  When detected during these earliest stages the 5 year survival

rate is close to 100%.

   The exact causes of prostate cancer are not known, but awareness can

help men make more informed choices about their health.  Researchers have

identified several factors that may increase a man's risk of developing

prostate cancer including age, race, and family history.

   Tucker-Marshall adds, "This designation is another opportunity to

emphasize the importance of prostate screening and testing."

The Department announces that, in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month,

for the month of September, the PSA blood test is available to area men for

only $20.

   The PSA blood testing is open to all men ages 50-64; or any men younger

who have a first degree family member (father/brother/son) who has been

diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  No fasting is necessary for this screening.

Test results will be sent by mail to participants.  Appointments for the

blood draws may be made by calling the Health Department at 852-5272

(Kewanee) or (309) 792-4011 (Colona).

   For more information on Health Department men's health services visit

our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and

Stark County Health Departments.

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