Dear Friends,

I just wanted to ask a favor of you all. Please stop whatever you’re doing and take a few minutes to write a letter to the New York Times. Read what I wrote and you’ll get the idea. This is a timely matter. There was also a letter to the editor about PC in today’s paper. And the article about sex after RP has generated *enormous* interest. There’s nothing better for us than this free publicity.

Sample Letter

“Dear Editor,

You recently published four prominently placed articles about prostate cancer in the course of a week: “Sex After Prostate Surgery, Confusing Data” (Jan. 15), “$300 to Test the Risk of Prostate Cancer (Jan. 17), “Despite Doubts, Cancer Therapy Draws Patients” (Jan. 18), and “In Pitches to Doctors, Promise of Big Payday” (Jan. 18).

I want to commend you for devoting so much coverage to such a vital topic. Cancer affects us all, and prostate cancer is a particularly ruthless disease. I know, because my husband has been struggling with it for three years. Also, contrary to what many people think, prostate cancer affects men of all ages.

[I have been a long-time subscriber to the Times . . .]

LFC, etc


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