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June 14, 2011

Celebrate Fathers with Men's Health Week June 13 to 19

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department will observe Men's Health Week from June 13 to 19 in anticipation of the Father's Day holiday.

The purpose of Men's Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men's Health Week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

"Recognizing and preventing men's health problems is not just a man's issue," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County public health director. "Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men's health is truly a family issue."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, affecting one out of every 11 American men and killing 34,000 men each year. In the last five years, the death rate for prostate cancer has grown at almost twice the death rate of breast cancer.

This isn't the only health issue mean need to be concerned about however. Colorectal cancer rates are 40 percent higher in men than women, with 90 percent of new cases and 94 percent of deaths occurring in men 50 years of age and older.

The best way to avoid health problems affecting men is to see a healthcare provider regularly and get routine screening tests. The Cancer Services Program Division of Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. offers free cancer screenings to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. They provide colorectal cancer screenings to people aged 50 and above.

To schedule your free cancer screening in Oswego County, call 342-0888 ext. 1454. For more information about men's health, visit http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/ or call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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