Bowvember: United in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

19 November 2015

CONTRECOEUR, November 19, 2015 – Prostate cancer is a scourge that strikes 1 man in every 7 in Canada. This year, to do its part to promote research and information about this disease, ArcelorMittal Montreal decided to support the Bowvember campaign initiated by an organization called PROCURE. On November 19, Quebec’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, some fifty ArcelorMittal Montreal employees will wear the official Bowvember bow tie to show their support for this cause. The bow ties were obtained from PROCURE for a donation and were specially designed for the occasion by Quebec designer Luko Marion.

“Since our business takes place in a predominantly male environment, prostate cancer is a health issue that our employees and their families may have to face. That is why we have decided to support this cause,” explained Sujit Sanyal, Vice President, Operations, at ArcelorMittal Montreal. “We want to encourage scientific advancements in this field and to remind our employees and the public to obtain information about this disease so it can be detected early.”

If diagnosed early, prostate cancer is treatable and the five-year survival rate is over 96%. “Although the risk factors have not yet been fully identified, talking to the family physician about prostate cancer is the best way to determine whether tests are needed and when, based on family history and other aspects of overall health,” added Dr. Michel Meunier, ArcelorMittal Montreal’s medical advisor. As part of the company’s participation in Bowvember, in the coming weeks employees will have access to information via internal media on the early signs and detection of prostate cancer.

Support for Bowvember is also a reminder that, at ArcelorMittal Montreal, health and safety go beyond preventing occupational accidents. Employees’ physical and mental health is a major concern for the company.

ArcelorMittal Montreal encourages its employees and the public to visit the www.procure.ca Web site to make a donation toward prostate cancer research and learn more about this disease.

About ArcelorMittal Montreal

ArcelorMittal Montreal’s (montreal.arcelormittal.com) mission is to safely manufacture sustainable steel in accordance with its values of health and safety, quality, leadership and sustainability. The company employs about 1,700 people in Contrecoeur, Longueuil, Montreal and Hamilton. It operates a scrap-metal recycling and conversion centre, an iron-ore reduction plant, two steel mills, three rolling mills and two wire drawing mills. The group has an annual production capacity of over 2 million tons of steel and generates economic spinoffs of more than $1 billion per year. ArcelorMittal Montreal is part of ArcelorMittal, the world's leading integrated steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries. 

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