Wednesday, February 11, 2009

When It Comes to Prostate Cancer, a Little Information Can Go a Long Way

Martin Memorial is holding two events in February that can help men learn about their risks of prostate cancer. A prostate cancer screening will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19 and an informational forum is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 28.

This year, an estimated 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 28,000 men will die of the disease.

It is recommended that black males between the ages of 40 and 80 years of age, and white males between the ages of 50 and 80 receive annual screenings for prostate cancer. Men at a higher risk for developing the disease, including those with a close family member diagnosed with prostate cancer, should be tested between the ages 40 of 80.

The screening is by appointment only on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center, located at 501 E. Osceola Street in Stuart. Only men who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer are eligible.

To schedule an appointment, call (772) 223-5945, ext. 3736.

The prostate cancer forum on Saturday, Feb. 28 will provide the latest prostate cancer research and allow participants to ask questions of a panel of physicians, including developments in the detection and treatment of the disease. The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Willoughby Golf Club, 3001 S.E. Doubleton Drive in Stuart.

To RSVP for the cancer forum, call (866) 361-HOPE (4673).

--Scott Samples
Public Information Coordinator

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