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PROSTATE CANCER LECTURE ON 8 JUNE 2013 KICKS OFF PHILADELPHIA'S OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK

 
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Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893
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 PROSTATE CANCER LECTURE ON 8 JUNE 2013 KICKS OFF PHILADELPHIA'S OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK 

 PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 17 May 2013 – The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) estimates that in 2013, 238,590 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and that approximately 29,720 men will succumb to the disease. Although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, approximately 2.5 million American men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive. Yet, African American men, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (www.pcf.org) have the highest rate of prostate cancer incidence in the world. They are 56% more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men and nearly 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease.

 The House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.org) is embarking on a mission to save the lives of men in the African American community through its kickoff of the City of Philadelphia’s observance of International Men’s Health Week (www.menshealthmonth.org/imhw/imhw.html). On Saturday, 8 June 2013 from 9:00 A.M. through 11:00 A.M. in partnership with AmeriHealth Mercy, Spectrum Health Services, and Triumph Baptist Church, Vine Memorial Baptist Church (www.vinememorial.org) and the House of Umoja, Inc. will host a “Prostate Cancer Lecture”. The lecture will be convened at Vine Memorial Baptist Church at 5600 Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The keynote address for the lecture will be rendered by Michael Ponatari, M.D. Dr. Ponatari is the Vice Chairperson of the Department of Urology at Temple University's School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is also a Professor of Urology and a surgeon. He will be joined by Deric Savior, M.D., the Director of Thoracic Oncology and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Oncology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Mr. Thomas Anderson, Jr., former Associate Vice President for Community Relations at Temple University’s Office of Community Relations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Randy A. Hutchins, P.A. who has worked as a Surgical Physician Assistant for Hahnemann Hospital's Renal Transplant Program, Mercy Hospital's Surgical Subspecialty Service and with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Mercy Hospital and Family Planning service at Spectrum Health Center Philadelphia and has held adjunct teaching staff positions with Philadelphia University, and Hahnemann Medical University; and Timothy Richard Rebbeck, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 “The City of Philadelphia will be joining cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, the Netherlands and the United States in observing International Men's Week which begins on 10 June 2013 and ends on 16 June 2013. Men's Health has become a critical state of affairs worldwide. In the United States, women outlive men by between approximately five to six years. The incidence of prostate cancer, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease continues to rise for Men. African American men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer at an alarming rate and their chances for survival are much less than those of men of other ethnic groups. The 'Prostate Cancer Lecture' on Saturday, 8 June 2013 will educate men and their family and loved one about this devastating disease and provide them with medical options,” remarked Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.

 The House of Umoja, Inc. will continue the City of Philadelphia’s observation of International Men’s Health Week with the hosting of a Men’s Health Fair entitled, “Give Dad The Gift Of Life,” on Saturday, 15 June 2013 from 10:00 A.M. through 3:00 P.M. at 1400 North Frazier Street and 5600 West Master Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event will provide free screenings with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, 16 June 2013.

For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc.’s kick off of the observance of International Men’s Health Week in the City of Philadelphia, contact Queen Mother Falaka Fattah at (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to: falakafattah@aol.com.

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