THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release August 31, 2009
NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, SEPTEMBER 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a Nation, we have made significant progress in the fight against prostate cancer. Over the last decade, prostate cancer mortality rates have fallen substantially. Yet, despite this
progress, among men in the United States prostate cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. One in six men in this country will be
diagnosed with prostate cancer. National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to renew our commitment to find better ways to prevent, detect, and control this disease.
Prostate cancer affects both those stricken with the disease and their families, often occurring when they least expect it. The cancer does not discriminate among husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, and it does not differentiate on race, age, or income. Americans of every background know its
dangers. Families share in the struggles of prostate cancer,bearing the emotional and financial concerns along with the afflicted.
My Administration supports prevention efforts and research to develop better screening tests, uncover more effective treatments, and ensure quality care for all who are diagnosed
with this illness. We must ensure that more men are educated abo