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Subject: Former Miss America lobbys for prostate cancer research

Mary Meehan
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Date Posted: 04/27/05 4:29:50pm

Knight Ridder News

Miss America? Prostate cancer?

Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, figures any time you have the nation's most famous beauty pageant mentioned in the same sentence as a man's reproductive system, "it's bound to raise eyebrows.''

So she's using her fame to help promote understanding of the disease and lobby for expanded funding.

Recently, Henry, the wife of former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, spoke to a U.S. House of Representatives committee on appropriations as part of a lobbying effort to increase Department of Defense spending on prostate research from $85 million to $100 million.

She and her husband, a prostate cancer survivor, regularly speak to groups around the country on prostate cancer. She wants to make prostate cancer as well understood as breast cancer.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer symptoms include:

A need to urinate frequently, especially at night.

Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine.

Weak or interrupted flow of urine.

Painful or burning urination.

Difficulty in having an erection.

Painful ejaculation.

Blood in urine or semen.

Often, early stages of prostate cancer do not cause symptoms, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. You should speak with your doctor immediately if you have experienced any of the above symptoms or if you are a man older than 50 who has not had a recent prostate-cancer screening.

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