Congress promotes health screening for men

June 15, 2004 at 8:35 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Congress will undergo health screenings this week to promote testing among males who are reluctant to make annual visits to their doctors.

The screenings are a part of the 11th annual National Men's Health Week, established to encourage men to seek early detection of serious health risks by getting tested for prostate cancer, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and diabetes and other diseases.

The event is particularly important in Washington, D.C., which ranks first in the nation for incidences of and mortality rates for prostate cancer, said Steven R. Patierno, executive director of The George Washington University Cancer Institute, which is providing clinicians to conduct the screenings.

Men die an average of six years earlier than women and are much less proactive about their health, according to the Men's Health Network, which organized the event.

Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is a prostate cancer survivor whose disease was not detected until family members encouraged him to go in for a routine physical.

"My experience is what got me involved," Crapo said at a news conference.

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