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Prostate cancer awareness

To the Editor:

Back in March 2011, my dad, Christopher Ducey, sent in a letter requesting that prostate cancer be given the same spotlight as breast cancer.

The Northwest Herald had been printed on pink-tinted stock and he suggested that blue-tinted stock be used in September to raise the awareness of prostate cancer.

As overwhelming as the breast cancer statistics are for women, prostate cancer is equally as devastating to men. One in every six men will be diagnosed with some stage of it in his lifetime – one in every 36 diagnosed will die from it.

The only cure at this time is early detection, which can start with a simple blood test.

Had the symptoms been visible or painful, my dad would not have waited until he was Stage IV metastatic to the bone before being diagnosed. Ironically, this September, he is a resident of the Woodstock Hospice Care Inpatient Unit, where he is courageously fighting the final stages of this aggressive disease.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, with awareness week being Sept. 16 through Sept. 22. On his behalf, I am again requesting that you consider helping us to raise awareness and possibly save others from the nightmare my family has faced for the past five years. Go blue!

Jacki Ducey Amber

Elkhorn, Wis.

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