September 1, 2010
UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek, Fort HealthCare and UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center are partnering to provide five free prostate screening events during the month of September, in recognition of prostate cancer awareness month.
The prostate screening events are designed for men aged 40 and older with the life expectancy of 10 years or greater who have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Appointments are required for the prostate screen, which includes a manual prostate exam and a PSA blood test. Men are invited to attend any one of these events but are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
Fort Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic will hold a prostate screen event on Saturday, September 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To schedule an appointment with Christopher Manakas, MD or Craig Kozler, MD from Fort HealthCare Urology Associates, call (920) 568-5244.
UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center will hold a prostate screening event on Tuesday, September 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For an appointment, call (920) 262-4639.
UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek will offer screenings Thursday, September 16, from noon to 4:00 p.m. To register, call (920) 699-3500.
UW Health Partners Juneau Clinic will hold a prostate screen on Wednesday, September 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fort the screening in Juneau, call (920) 386-0290.
UW Health Partners Waterloo Clinic will hold a prostate screen on Wednesday, September 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To participate, please call (920) 478-3776.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American men. The good news is that prostate cancer can often be treated successfully if it is caught early. Knowing the risk factors for prostate cancer can help you determine if and when you want to begin prostate cancer screening. The main risk factors include age, race or ethnicity, family history and diet.
After age 50, the chance of having prostate cancer increases substantially. About 70 percent of all diagnosed prostate cancers are found in men age 65 years or older. Regarding race and ethnicity, African American men have a higher risk of developing and dying of prostate cancer. If a close family member, like a father or brother, has prostate cancer, the risk of the disease is greater than that of the average American man. A high-fat diet and obesity may increase the risk of prostate cancer.
“Most prostate cancers develop and grow slowly over many years,” said Fort HealthCare urologist Craig Kozler, M.D. “Symptoms are not often evident in the early stages of the disease. As with most forms of cancer, early detection may be the key to successful treatment and survival. “
These prostate screenings are a joint effort between Fort HealthCare, UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center and the UW Cancer Center in Johnson Creek. Support is also provided by Tomorrow’s Hope.