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LINTHICUM, MD, September 2, 2008–One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. 27,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year alone. Prostate cancer is a serious health issue and Americans are taking note. On August 25, 2008, President George W. Bush proclaimed that September is Prostate Health Month.  There is no better time to raise awareness about prostate health than during the month of September.


The American Urological Association (AUA) and the AUA Foundation are pleased to be co-sponsoring a number of events with different community partners to promote prostate health, education and awareness.  Please see the attached calendar of events for more information on free Webinars and free prostate cancer screenings as well as 5K Runs/1 Mile Fun Walks around the nation that raise money to fund prostate cancer research.


During this important month and throughout the year, the AUA can provide information, statistics and expert commentary on subjects related to prostate health. The AUA can assist in developing related story topics on prostate health, such as:


  • New risk factors for prostate cancer
  • Robot-assisted prostatectomy - the latest technology
  • New techniques and technology to treat prostate cancer
  • Treatment options for prostate cancer and what patients should know about each
  • When should men have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen for prostate cancer?
  • What is active surveillance and when is it appropriate?
  • What is BPH/enlarged prostate? How is it treated?
  • What is prostatitis? How is it treated?

Please contact Lacey Holt at 410-689-4054 to schedule an interview with one of the following experts:

·         Christopher Amling, MD, Professor and Director, Division of Urology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

·         J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, FACS, Professor and William L. Valk Chair, Department of Urology and the Co-Director of Operative Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

For more information on common prostate conditions or to find a urologist or a free or low-cost prostate cancer screening near you, please visit



About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients, including, an award-winning on-line patient education resource, and the American Urological Association Foundation, Inc.

Lacey Dean, AUA