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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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“Pints for Prostates” fundraiser at the Villager Pub in Charlevoix on Friday, October 1

The "Pints for Prostates" campaign salutes survivors of the disease at events taking place across the country, including the Villager Pub in Charlevoix--all day on Friday, October 1, 2010. For the second year, the Villager Pub will donate 50% of proceeds from draft beer sales 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 way when they may be willing to listen to messages about prostate health," 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.

"The idea of reaching men about health issues through beer sounded a little strange at first, but it makes perfect sense," said Thomas Kirk, President and CEO of Us TOO International. "Our mission is to educate and empower men and their family members to take an active role in their health. One in six men is at risk of developing prostate cancer during their lifetime and early detection through the monitoring of PSA levels is critical to getting the disease under control. Pints for Prostates will help us reach more men at a time when a growing number of men are at risk."

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that men make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Starting at age 50, ACS urges men to talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them. Men who have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65 should have this talk with their doctor starting at age 45.


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 Prostates", contact Erika VanDam, Supervisor for Family & Community Health at 347-6014.