Columbia St. Mary's to Offer Free Prostate Screenings in September

Friday, September 03, 2004

Columbia St. Mary’s will conduct free prostate screenings at sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, September 19–25. The screenings are supported by Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Care Program.

Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland within the male reproductive system. The prostate produces a fluid that is part of semen. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 231,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2004 in the United States, and it will claim nearly 30,000 lives.

Screenings will be available to men who are over age 50 (over age 40 with a family history of prostate cancer), and African-American men over age 40. In addition, screening participants must not have had a PSA blood test or digital rectal exam in the past 12 months, should not have a history of cancer, and should not currently be under the care of a urologist.

Prostate cancer is more common in men over age 50; about 75 percent of the men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over age 65. It is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among men. The disease can be cured if it is discovered early enough. Symptoms usually don’t appear in the early stages, and may not appear until the cancer is advanced. Most men do not know that they have prostate cancer until it is discovered during a routine medical examination or screening. Risk factors for prostate cancer include age and a family history of the disease. Having a brother or father with prostate cancer increases a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. African-American men have twice the risk of developing prostate cancer as white men.

The prostate screening will involve a digital rectal exam (an examination of the rectum by a physician), and a blood test to measure the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a substance released into a man’s blood by the prostrate gland. The amount of PSA in the blood normally increases as a man’s prostate enlarges with age. (It is also increased by inflammation of the prostate gland and by prostate cancer.) Results will be provided to screening participants within two to three weeks.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men begin annual prostate cancer screenings at age 50. African-American men, and men who have a family history of prostate cancer, should begin screenings at age 45. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors for prostate cancer, as well as detection and testing options.

Columbia St. Mary’s will conduct the free prostate screenings at the following locations:

Monday, September 20
Columbia St. Mary’s Family Health Center
1121 E. North Ave.
6-8 p.m.

Weakland Center at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
831 N. Van Buren St.
4-6 p.m.

Columbia St. Mary’s River Glen Medical Clinic
210 W. Capitol Drive
5-7 p.m.

Columbia St. Mary’s Gateway Medical Clinic
801 S. 70th St.
West Allis
5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21
House of Peace
1702 W. Walnut St.
5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 22
New Life Presbyterian Church
3276 N. Palmer St.
2-4 p.m.

Columbia St. Mary’s Germantown Clinic
N112 W15425 Mequon Road
4-6 p.m.

Columbia St. Mary’s
Northlake Medical Clinic
Seton Professional Building,
Suite 401
2315 N. Lake Drive
5-7 p.m.

Thursday, September 23
Clinton Rose Senior Center
3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
2-4 p.m.

Heitz Radiation Oncology Center
Columbia St. Mary’s
Ozaukee Campus
13111 N. Port Washington Road
5-7 p.m.

Foundation of Prayer
6151 N. Sherman Blvd.
6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a screening, call Columbia St. Mary’s at 414-963-WELL.



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