1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common cancer in men. The need for greater public education is why we have designated September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated toward engaging and connecting the public, media, academia, and government around a disease that affects us all on some level. Whether it’s a cutting-edge research announcement, a special news feature, a public service announcement, a fundraising event, or a landmark that has been illuminated blue, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is geared towards spreading the word in as accurate, diverse, and widespread a manner possible.
WHEREAS prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men; and
WHEREAS 1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with the disease in his lifetime; and
WHEREAS an estimated 24,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; and
WHEREAS the survival rate for prostate cancer can be over 90% when detected early; and
WHEREAS those with a family history of the disease, or those of African or Caribbean descent, are at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer; and
WHEREAS Prostate Cancer Canada recommends that men get a PSA test in their 40s to establish their baseline;
THEREFORE I, Larry Johannson, Mayor of the City of Selkirk, Manitoba, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as: “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”