Canadian Cancer Society - Don't be a pain in the butt

    CALGARY, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - You might think that going to see your doctor
about your prostate is a pain in the butt. However, early detection is
increasingly paying off for Canadian men. Although prostate cancer is the most
commonly diagnosed cancer among men in this country, death rates dropped
nearly three per cent every year between 1994 and 2003.
    The Canadian Cancer Society encourages men to learn about the ways they
can reduce their cancer risk by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and learning
about cancer screening guidelines that apply to them. Men who are at higher
risk of getting prostate cancer include those who:

    -   are 65 or older
    -   have a family history of prostate cancer
    -   are of African descent
    -   consume a high fat diet

    The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that men aged 50 and older should
discuss with their doctor the potential benefits and risks of early detection
of prostate cancer using Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and digital rectal
examinations (DRE) so that they can make informed decisions about the use of
these tests.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers and staff whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the
quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about
cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    Prostate Cancer Facts

    -   Men have a one in eight chance of developing prostate cancer in their

    -   An estimated 22,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in
        Canada in 2007; an estimated 4,300 will die from the disease.

    -   In Alberta and the Northwest Territories, an estimated 2,400 men will
        be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007; approximately 430 will die
        from it.

    -   Death rates for prostate cancer dropped by 2.7% annually between 1994
        and 2003.

For further information:

For further information: Deanna Kraus, (403) 541-5375, Media Relations
Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta, N.W.T. Division,

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