Prostate cancer awareness in the spotlight this month

Nov 29, 2010

Regular checkups can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

The federal government has designated September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in a bid to encourage more men to get screened for this dangerous disease.

According to announcement from the Project to End Prostate Cancer, a summit was held earlier this month in Washington where supporters urged elected officials to increase investment in research and community involvement to fight the disease.

"Until we find a cure for this disease, my Administration will continue promoting awareness of this illness and supporting prostate cancer research and treatment," said President Barack Obama as the month's observations got underway.

Earlier this month, the American Cancer Society noted that people with health insurance tend to have prostate cancer spotted and treated earlier, which helps to greatly improve their overall odds of survival.

Since prostate cancer also affects about 1 in 6 men during their lifetime, the disease also serves as a reminder of how even the health-conscious should consider investing in a life insurance policy to provide loved ones with financial protection.

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