Rabbi Leads National Crusade Against Prostate Cancer

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Retired Rabbi Ed Weinsberg is on a crusade to encourage boomer and senior men to get regular prostate cancer screening tests and to help millions of men and women already affected by prostate cancer. His National Prostate Cancer Awareness Tour continues in September, which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as declared by the White House.

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Nearly 192,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year

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After 30 years as a congregational rabbi, Ed Weinsberg has found a new mission in life: promoting routine prostate cancer screening tests and helping those already affected by prostate cancer.

Weinsberg has teamed up with several prominent urologists, as well as actor Kevin Byrd, to launch a National Prostate Cancer Awareness Tour. The tour, which began in Atlanta and Sarasota this summer, continues September 9-10 in the Boston area before moving on to other cities this fall. It's a grass-roots effort in cooperation with synagogues, churches, and community centers in major urban centers.

On September 26, Weinsberg will be a featured speaker at The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge in Baltimore, one of the largest prostate cancer awareness rallies in America. The event raises money and awareness for prostate cancer research and is co-sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Chesapeake Urology Associates, one of the nation's largest group practices treating prostate cancer.

"Nearly 192,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year," says Weinsberg. "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September is a good time to support prostate cancer patients and survivors and to remind men 40 and older to get annual prostate cancer screening tests as recommended by the American Urological Association."

The survival rate for prostate cancer is high, with 92 percent of prostate cancer patients surviving 10 years or more. But prostate cancer treatment often causes after-effects like impotence and incontinence and strains relationships with spouses or partners.

As a prostate cancer survivor with a doctorate in gerontology, Weinsberg knows first-hand the issues that prostate cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones face. Moved by his positive experience with robotic surgery for his early-stage prostate cancer, he became a patient health care educator. His educational Web site and award-winning book, Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine, Faith, Love and Sex Can Renew Your Life, offer guidance on prostate cancer treatment options and coping with after-effects, while drawing strength from humor, faith, family and friends.

For information about the National Prostate Cancer Awareness tour, or to inquire about bringing the tour to your area, visit http://www.ConquerProstateCancer.com/Tour. Get helpful insights about prostate cancer and download free reports for patients and survivors at http://www.ConquerProstateCancer.com.

About Rabbi Weinsberg

Rabbi Weinsberg is a prostate cancer survivor, patient health care educator and retired rabbi with a doctorate in gerontology. He was recently interviewed on Good Morning America and has been featured in national magazines including Cure and Radius. He has spearheaded a National Prostate Cancer Awareness Tour and will be a featured speaker at one of the nation's largest prostate cancer awareness rallies in Baltimore on September 26. See his Media Room for more information about him.

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