Mayor Jack Ford yesterday declared September to be "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month."
The mayor urged all men to get prostate cancer screenings. He said the illness is especially prevalent among African-American men.
Mr. Ford was joined at a news conference by several community leaders who have survived prostate cancer, including Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Doneghy and Larry Sykes, a member of the Toledo Board of Education.
Nationally, more than 189,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and 30,200 will die with the illness.
One quarter of prostate cancer cases are found in men younger than 65.