June 16, 2004 - Issue: Vol. 150, No. 83 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 2nd Session
NATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK AND DR. KENNETH GOLDBERG
(Extensions of Remarks - June 16, 2004)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1142-E1143] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK AND DR. KENNETH GOLDBERG ______ HON. MICHAEL C. BURGESS of texas in the house of representatives Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, it is my duty to clearly state the necessity of men's health awareness. This week is National Men's Health Week, and it comes at an important [[Page E1143]] time as we pause to honor our Fathers. As a practicing physician for over 20 years and Chairman of the House Policy's Health Subcommittee, I wholeheartedly understand the importance of regular health screenings. In May of last year, I introduced H.R. 2151, the Medicare Osteoporosis Measurement Act to address the issue of male osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone condition that can make bones fragile and can gradually erode quality of life for our seniors. But contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is a serious health problem for men, as well as women. Two million American men suffer under this debilitating illness, and 12 million more are at risk for developing the disease. It is crucial that men everywhere seek out regular health check-ups. Routine medical examinations are key to detecting--and preventing-- serious men's health concerns like high cholesterol and blood pressure, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. In addition, men should strive to equip themselves with the knowledge and information necessary for personal health awareness. They need to know about important illnesses facing men and at what age specific screenings are needed. Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, of the Male Health Center, has been a leader in the field of men's health for 30 years. He is a member of the advisory committee for National Men's Health Week, Men's Health Network and Men's Health Magazine and author of the book How Men Can Live as Long as Women. The Male Health Center is located in Lewisville, Texas--my 26th Congressional District. Opening its doors in 1989, it is a premier facility in its field as the first center in the United States specializing in men's health issues. The Male Health Center treats hundreds of patients from all over the country and meets the crucial need of men's health specialists. The fight for better men's health is a partnership. It's a partnership between men and their physicians. For this reason, I honor Dr. Goldberg, his staff and National Men's Health Week. ____________________