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Public officials speak out about cancer

Albany-- A year ago, Senator Saxby Chambliss was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine physical exam. Now, he's working to protect others.

June is National Men's Health Awareness Month. Chambliss recorded a public service announcement to raise awareness about regular screenings for prostate cancer. Doctors say public figures speaking out about their personal struggles will encourage others to get checked out.

"So that the average person is saying you know what? If they're getting they're PSA and it's saving their lives and they're not ashamed to talk about it, by golly I'm going to get it too," says Dr. Terry Kraus of Phoebe Putney.

Prostate cancer is the second leading form of cancer in men, behind skin cancer. It kills about 29-thousand men each year but you have a 97-percent chance of survival if you get regular screenings.

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