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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Harmony Allen

July 27, 2001

(202) 225-5452

CUNNINGHAM SUBMITS TESTIMONY
IN SUPPORT OF MEN'S HEALTH

WASHINGTON - Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-San Diego) today submitted testimony before the Health Energy and Water Subcommittee in support of his legislation, the Men's Health Act (H.R. 632). This legislation will establish an Office of Men's Health within the Department of Health & Human Services for the purpose of promoting men's health in the United States.
     
In 1994, Congress established National Men's Health Week, the week leading up to and including Father's Day. While Men's Health Week was an important first step, there is still much to be done to improve the health of American men. This year, 198,100 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 31,500 will die from this terrible disease. But prostate cancer is only a small component of the men's health crisis: men have a higher death rate than women do for every single one of the ten leading causes of death in this country. Life expectancy has been longer for women than men for several decades.
     
Statistics show that increased research, prevention and awareness are key to improving health. "I am proud that we are now in year four of Congress' five year commitment to double medical research funding at National Institute of Health (NIH). But American men need better education on health risks that affect them," said Congressman Cunningham.
     
The Office of Men's Health will be responsible for monitoring, coordinating, and improving men's health in America, and would provide resources to organizations providing outreach and education services. "The Office of Men's Health has the potential to positively change the lives of men across America," said Cunningham. "As a prostate cancer survivor, I know first hand the importance of annual examinations and early detection. The Office of Men's Health will offer men support and resources to help them take control of their health concerns and maybe even save their lives."

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