In recognition of prostate cancer awareness month, Fort HealthCare is offering a free, baseline prostate screening for men on Saturday, September 28th from 8-11:30 a.m. at Fort HealthCare Urology Associates, located at 520 Handeyside Lane in Fort Atkinson. Men between the ages of 55-69 who have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer are encouraged to attend. Appointments are required for the prostate screen, which includes a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. To schedule an appointment, call (920) 568-5244. Appointments must be scheduled by Wednesday, September 25.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer. It’s also the second most deadly after lung cancer. The good news is that prostate cancer can be detected earlier than ever, when treatment is most likely to be effective. Unfortunately, prostate cancer does not offer many signs or symptoms until the latter stages of the disease.
Other than quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet, a man’s next best defense is to begin screening for prostate cancer at age 50. Men with a relative who has had prostate cancer may need to start screening at age 40. Once prostate cancer has been diagnosed, treatment depends on a number of factors—not only whether the cancer has spread, but also the man’s age, health, expected life span and level of concern about possible side effects.
“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. “