WEST CHESTER (September 17) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today encouraged men to be aware of the dangers of prostate cancer and to talk with their doctors about getting screened if they are at risk.

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Senator Dinniman speaks at a 2013 rally in support of prostate cancer awareness.

“Understandably, this is not an issue that most men like talking about, but it’s one that affects so very many of us,” Dinniman, who underwent successful prostate cancer surgery in 2011, said. “More often than not, early detection is absolutely crucial in beating prostate cancer. The outcome is always better if it is caught earlier.”

Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, made the remarks in officially marking September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. He said that the statistics he learned about the disease upon his initial diagnosis were eye-opening.

Prostate cancer strikes 1 in 6 men, making it the leading type of cancer in men. According to the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition, 10,240 men (28 per day) are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in Pennsylvania and 1,295 (four per day) succumb to the disease.

Older age, African-American ethnicity and a family history of the disease can all increase the likelihood of a man being diagnosed with the disease, according to the Pennsylvania Health Department.

“One in six men is a lot. But prostate cancer is not a death sentence. Very often, it is curable,” he said. “The key is to be proactive in taking care of your health and getting screened. As men, we owe it to ourselves, as well as to our families, to get checked out.

“After all, being alive and healthy is worth a little discomfort in your doctor’s office,” he added.

For more information visit paprostatecancer.org.

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