NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) announced today that former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is participating with Pfizer in an educational initiative designed to increase awareness of men's health issues. A prostate cancer survivor, Senator Dole has been an outspoken advocate for screening and early detection of prostate cancer and other serious medical conditions affecting American men. "One of the most important public health issues facing this country is encouraging men to see their doctors," said Senator Dole. "For example, diagnosis of erectile dysfunction can help identify underlying diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. I'm convinced this campaign can help promote a dialogue between doctors and patients and help men pay attention to health problems they might otherwise be afraid to discuss." "We are extremely pleased that Senator Dole has made men's health issues a priority for 1999," said Pfizer chairman and chief executive officer William C. Steere, Jr. "Senator Dole has shown unparalleled leadership in advocating for Americans with disabilities. We believe that Senator Dole will help make men and their partners understand that erectile dysfunction is a medical condition, not a source of embarrassment." Senator Dole received the "Man of the Year" award from the American Foundation for Urologic Disease last night in Washington. Senator Dole, a former presidential candidate, has agreed to participate in a series of public service activities, including speaking engagements and educational advertising that will focus on the importance of patients and physicians speaking openly about health issues, including erectile dysfunction. Pfizer Inc is a research-based pharmaceutical company with global operations. In 1997 the company reported sales of more than $11 billion and, in 1998, anticipates investing approximately $2.2 billion in research and development.
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