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Host: Scott LaMar
What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Thursday, September 26, 2013:
There are many awareness campaigns, usually stretched over a month or a week. One of the most important is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month during September.
Not just because more than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year or that 30,000 die from it.
Awareness is significant because prostate cancer often shows no symptoms and is sometimes only detected through a prostate cancer screening.
The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
If detected early, prostate cancer can be successfully treated. The key is finding the cancer in its early stages.
Fred Maddux left and Dr. Jay Raman right
Appearing on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk is Dr. Jay Raman, an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Fred Maddux of Elizabethville, PA who has survived prostate cancer.
Also, one of life's great tragedies is that thousands of people die from suicide each year, including about 1,500 here in Pennsylvania.
We all probably know of someone who has taken their own life or is familiar with a person that feels so depressed, sad, or hopeless that they have considered suicide.
There is help and resources available to prevent suicide. Often, all it takes is a phone call or a friend or loved one reaching out and offering support.
A unique awareness and prevention campaign kicked off this week called Drive Out Suicide. Rebecca May-Cole, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition, joins us to explain.
More resources are available at preventsuicidepa.org
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. 1-800-273-TALK
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