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[September 26, 2005]

Take Your Man To The Doctor - He'll Live To Love You Longer!

On September 26, SUNY Downstate Medical Center's University Hospital of Brooklyn joined Borough President Marty Markowitz, Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, and a dozen other Brooklyn hospitals and health care providers to kick off “Take Your Man to the Doctor Week - He'll Live to Love You Longer.”

SUNY Downstate President John C. LaRosa, M.D., said, “This is an excellent opportunity for men to get basic health screenings that might save their lives, and for those nearest and dearest to them to urge that they do.”

“As men we've been taught to tough things out and, too often, that means that taking care of ourselves comes last - or never,” said Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. “I'm no different from most men but, fortunately, my wife Jamie is always looking out for me, including insisting that I go for annual checkups. It is my hope that the Take Your Man to the Doctor campaign will inspire other Brooklyn men to take steps to ensure their own healthy future, and inspire the women who love them to push them in that direction, bearing in mind, of course, that there's no more persuasive group than Brooklyn's women!”

Take Your Man to the Doctor - He'll Live to Love You Longer is a call to action for men of all ages, ethnicities, and social standing to regularly visit a doctor and for the women who love them to help make it happen. There is a huge disparity in doctor visitation between men and women nationwide, and Brooklyn is no exception. According to the 2003 Community Health Survey, an annual survey of 10,000 New Yorkers conducted by the Health Department, in Brooklyn, 31% of men reported not having a personal doctor, versus only 18% of women.

Free screenings for asthma, blood pressure, colorectal cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, dental/oral cancer, depression, glaucoma, hearing, HIV/AIDS, prostate cancer, pulmonary disease, stroke, stress, weight control/obesity and other conditions, along with important health information will be available at all participating hospitals, clinics and physician's offices during the week of September 26 - October 2. Participating Brooklyn YMCAs will offer guest passes.

Contact University Hospital of Brooklyn directly to learn about available free screenings at 718-270-2020. Or call 718-802-3875 or visit for a complete listing of free health screening services and all participating hospitals, clinics and physician's offices.