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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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"Pints for Prostates" fundraiser at the Villager Pub on Friday, September 25

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the "Pints for Prostates" campaign will salute survivors of the disease at events taking place across the country, including the Villager Pub in Charlevoix. The Villager Pub will donate 50% of proceeds from draft beer sales on September 25 to the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network, a 501(c) 3 charity that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families.

"We're grateful to the Villager Pub for hosting Pints for Prostates. Events like this help us reach men in a friendly and non-threatening way when they may be willing to listen to a message about prostate health screening and PSA testing," said Joshua Meyerson, MD, MPH, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, which is sponsoring the local event.

4,000 men are diagnosed each week with prostate cancer. "The key for these men is detecting the disease in the early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful," said Meyerson.

"All men should start getting screened for prostate cancer when they reach 40 years old," he said. "The death rate from prostate cancer has declined in the last two decades because of improvements in testing and treatment. Still, thousands of men die needlessly each year because there is a lack of information sharing. Prostate cancer occupies the same social standing as breast cancer did in this country 30 years ago. Thanks to the pink ribbon campaign’s impact on early detection, scores of women have survived breast cancer. Men need to talk to other men and reduce the stigma of prostate cancer."

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information about "Pints for Prostate", contact Erika VanDam, Supervisor for Family & Community Health at 347-6014.