The Florida Prostate Cancer Network (FPCN) here in Tampa organized
this full day of informative, interactive sessions, where men, and
the women who love them, can get answers and gather information on
all kinds of health issues.
Timed to coincide with September as
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the entire event was
It wasn't just about prostate cancer though. All day at the Tampa
Convention Center, guests were able to talk to more than 15 experts
and doctors about colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke,
and men's sexual health issues.
There were seminars, displays and presentations, as well as an
open, frank discussion on the impact prostate cancer has on a
couple's sexual relationship. Special guests Desiree Lyon Howe,
author of "His Prostate and Me," and her husband, Dr. Richard Howe,
were there to share their story and answer questions.
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, the day even included
complimentary Continental breakfast and a box lunch for each guest,
plus concurrent sessions for women. The women's health issues
addressed included hormones and hormone replacement therapy, breast
and colon cancer, and cardiovascular health.
a model state coalition. Its programs include a speakers' bureau;
counseling referral program and peer counselor network; educational
forums and health fairs; support groups; a newsletter and website;
and active volunteer efforts.
For more information on the success
of the Town Hall meeting, please contact Bob Samuels, chairman of
FPCN at 813-806-2800; or visit