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PUBLISHED: 4:17 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2005
New website informs about prostate cancer
The most comprehensive website for prostate cancer information, aimed at helping men who are at-risk and those already diagnosed, was launches last week, right in time for Father's Day weekend, www.fightprostatecancer.org.

"One in six men gets prostate cancer and this website is our Father's Day gift to the millions of dads and other men who are at risk for prostate cancer," National Prostate Coalition CEO Richard N. Atkins, M.D. said. "Additionally, there are about two million American men living with prostate cancer and our site is geared towards helping them make educated decisions about their treatment."

One of the site's features is the "Men Get It: Prostate Cancer Screening Pledge," giving at-risk men the opportunity to receive free annual email reminders to get screened for prostate cancer. A 2003 study released by the National Academies Press said screening participation would improve if people were offered centralized electronic reminders.

"That's what we tried to do," said Atkins. "Only about 48 percent of men over 50 get screened for prostate cancer. It's a sad statistic - most men don't know that if caught early, there's a 99 percent survival rate."

For those who have prostate cancer, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition website offers medically-approved explanations of possible treatments with the ability to print off guides to bring to your doctor.

"Six-time Tour de France Champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has said in his book that a cancer patient can't be over-educated about his or her disease," said Atkins. "We whole-heartedly agree."

The site is also set up to get people involved in the cause and encouraging interactivity within the patient community and the at-risk pool.

"Any excuse is a good one for a man not to take care of his health," said Atkins. "In order to beat this disease, men will have to change their way of thinking and we hope the website helps them along that path."

The National Prostate Cancer Coalition sets the standard for rapidly reducing the burden of prostate cancer on American men and their families through awareness, outreach and advocacy.


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