September 27, 2002

Nationwide Cancer Screening Campaign Wraps Up Coast-To-Coast Tour in San Diego

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer in San Diego is more common than the rest of the nation as a whole. In fact, incidence rates are about 13 percent higher than the national average. Meanwhile, California ranks first in the U.S. in both the number of cases and deaths from the disease.

Despite the devastating statistics, lives can be saved through early detection and awareness. That’s why on September 29 - in recognition of

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September and the commemorations of September 11 - the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) joins former California Congressman Duke Cunningham in wrapping up the nationwide campaign  “Protecting our Protectors” in San Diego. All events are free and open to the public.

“There isn’t a better person than we can have working with us than Duke during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September,” NPCC President Richard Atkins said. “He is a prostate cancer survivor, a former Vietnam War fighter pilot and a tireless advocate in the Congress for the cause.”

WHEN and  WHERE: Sunday, September 29, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., San Diego Police Department, 13396 Salmon Road

* - The vehicle will then head to 9225 Aroe Drive to conduct screenings from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Because we know that those men who have protected us often fail to protect themselves, NPCC has chosen this year’s National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to “Protect Our Protectors.”  NPCC’s Drive Against Prostate Cancer mobile screening clinic will offer free screenings for the disease to men at firehouses, police departments, VFW Posts, union halls and post offices.

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