[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 170 (Thursday, September 3, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 45729-45730]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-21502]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 170 / Thursday, September 3, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8408 of August 31, 2009

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                 As a Nation, we have made significant progress in the 
                fight against prostate cancer. Over the last decade, 
                prostate cancer mortality rates have fallen 
                substantially. Yet, despite this progress, among men in 
                the United States prostate cancer remains the most 
                commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause 
                of cancer deaths. One in six men in this country will 
                be diagnosed with prostate cancer. National Prostate 
                Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to renew our 
                commitment to find better ways to prevent, detect, and 
                control this disease.

                 Prostate cancer affects both those stricken with the 
                disease and their families, often occurring when they 
                least expect it. The cancer does not discriminate among 
                husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, and it does not 
                differentiate on race, age, or income. Americans of 
                every background know its dangers. Families share in 
                the struggles of prostate cancer, bearing the emotional 
                and financial concerns along with the afflicted.

                 My Administration supports prevention efforts and 
                research to develop better screening tests, uncover 
                more effective treatments, and ensure quality care for 
                all who are diagnosed with this illness. We must ensure 
                that more men are educated about all aspects of the 
                disease including prevention, early detection and 
                possible treatment options. To expand our knowledge of 
                this cancer, the National Institutes of Health, the 
                Department of Defense, and the Centers for Disease 
                Control and Prevention are playing leading roles in 
                research. Their work is helping to reduce the burden of 
                prostate cancer and save lives for generations to come.

                 This month, we remember the lives we have lost, and we 
                recommit ourselves to supporting those currently 
                battling against the disease. National Prostate Cancer 
                Awareness Month also highlights the great medical 
                advancements we have made and reminds us there is still 
                much work to be done. As a Nation, we are united in our 
                resolve to reduce incidence of prostate cancer and 
                improve the lives of all those affected.

                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim September 2009 as National 
                Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage citizens, 
                Government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit 
                organizations, and other interested groups to join in 
                activities that will increase awareness of what 
                Americans can do to prevent and control prostate 

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-21502
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