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Los Angeles goes blue for prostate cancer awareness

September 12, 2011 |  2:24 pm

This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details

Los Angeles City Hall and other area landmarks will be bathed in blue light starting Friday to raise awareness about prostate cancer, a major health concern that men often ignore, officials said.

Among other buildings turning blue are the Capitol Records building on Sunset Boulevard, the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica and the tall pylons that grace the entrance of LAX, said Dan Zenka, spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The buildings wills stay blue for three days. Other venues will go blue Monday night, Zenka said.

It's all part of a new public education campaign aimed at making Angelenos aware that prostate cancer is a serious health risk. One in six men will develop the disease in their lifetimes, compared with one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, Zenka said.

Yet men rarely get the screenings necessary to catch the disease early, when five-year surival rates top 97%, he said.

"Women understand the importance of mammograms and they talk about breast cancer,'' he said. "But men don’t do the same thing. Often they wait until it’s too late."

[For the Record: 3:33 p.m. Sept 12: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that one in eight men will develop the disease in their lifetimes, compared with one in six women diagnosed with breast cancer]

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-- Catherine Saillant

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