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Prostate Cancer Awareness in Pennsylvania
Saturday, September 28, 2013
HARRISBURG - The numbers are scary according to the Pennsylvania prostate cancer coalition: 28 men in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with prostate cancer each day; prostate cancer claims the lives of four men in the commonwealth each day.  One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Senator Andy Dinniman, a prostate cancer survivor, is urging all men in the commonwealth to get screened through a PSA blood test and digitally.  Therefore, the campaign slogan: donít fear the finger.Ē At risk for aggressive prostate cancer are older men, African-American men, those with a family history of cancer, and people who smoke, lack of vegetables in diet, lack exercise, are obese, are very tall, and have a high calcium intake.  Unfortunately, PSA testing is not included in the federal affordable care actís list of essential health benefits, and is not covered under most insurance-exchange plans.  Senator Dinniman, however, is working with the prostate cancer coalition to come up with legislation that would mandate PSA screenings be covered by the insurance-exchanges in Pennsylvania. At the news conference, senator Dinniman also presented the prostate cancer coalition with a senate resolution observing September as prostate cancer awareness month in Pennsylvania. Senator Dinniman related a personal story of how his prostate cancer was discovered.  Because thereís a family history of cancer, senator Dinnimanís brother also was diagnosed with prostate cancer, strongly encouraged the senator to get screened every six months.  At one of those six month screenings, prostate cancer was detected. )
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