OTTAWA– Liberal Health critic Dr. Hedy Fry made the following statement today on Prostate Cancer Awareness Week:
“This week is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men. Over 25,000 new cases will be diagnosed and over 4,000 men will die this year in Canada alone.
There are many factors implicated in prostate cancer. They are hereditary, environmental, hormonal or dietary, but while good nutrition and exercise are important, the most effective way to reduce the risk of mortality is early diagnosis. This can prevent or cure over 90% of prostate cancer cases. However, since the disease is asymptomatic in its early stages, regular exams starting at age 40 can be a life saver.
Many in Parliament have worked to raise awareness of prostate cancer, the most dramatic example being Movember when numerous male Parliamentarians, along with men around the world, sport moustaches for the cause. But our job doesn’t end there. We must continue every day of the year to urge all men to make the time to get regular prostate exams. Because it saves lives.”