The inaugural North Okanagan Men’s Health Month was a success.
The campaign, which was organized by the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation in June, raised $20,094 for testing for prostate cancer, the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group and a new ECG machine and trolley at VJH.
“We would like to thank the North Okanagan community for recognizing the importance of supporting men’s health locally,” said Andrea Egan, VJH Foundation development officer.
Last year in the North Okanagan, there were 23,325 ECG tests performed, in addition to 1,918 cardiac stress tests and 1,077 holter and event monitorings.
Across Canada, 4,000 men die each year from prostate cancer while 16,000 Canadians die from heart attacks each year.