Jun 15 2005


WASHINGTON, DC - In coordination with National Men’s Health Awareness Month, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) joined several cancer survivors and advocates at a press conference to discuss the severity of prostate cancer. Senator Shelby, a prostate cancer survivor, discussed the importance of being screened for prostate cancer and the need for continued research to find a cure. Senator Shelby made the following remarks about his experience with prostate cancer:

“Nearly twelve years ago, I visited the doctor’s office here on Capitol Hill and had a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test done. At the time, I did not know what a PSA test was. After six months went by, I went back to the doctor, only to learn that I had cancer. A biopsy was done which showed just how real the cancer was.”

“I am here now to share my experiences. I am a survivor and have been cancer-free for eleven and a half years. I applaud all of the individuals here who are working to raise awareness about this disease. Early detection is the key.”

“Here in the Senate, there is a growing number of us, who had or currently have prostate cancer. Unfortunately, I think that most men as they grow older will face this disease, unless we find a cure. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, continued funding for research is a priority for me. If we find a cure, we’ll save lives. We’ll save fathers and grandfathers. We will save a lot of people,” Shelby concluded.

Others who participated in the press conference were Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ). Several prostate cancer advocates were also on hand including: Michael Milken, Founder and Chairman, Prostate Cancer Foundation; Dr. Richard Atkins, Chief Executive Officer, National Prostate Cancer Coalition; Scott Williams, Men’s Health Network; Steve Burd, Chief Executive Officer, Safeway; and Tommy Lasorda, Baseball Hall of Fame and Los Angeles Dodgers manager.

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