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August 13, 2013
FOURTH ANNUAL FOR MEN ONLY…PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
EDUCATIONAL EVENT PLANNED
Port Huron, MI… September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and its Mercy Regional Cancer Center are pleased to offer a prostate cancer screening and community education event. Back by popular demand, the program titled, “For Men Only, but Women Are Invited,” is designed to offer community residents information about health issues that affect the male prostate, especially cancer.
This event features St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chief Medical Officer Robert Camara, DO, who is also a family practice physician, with Mercy Family Care-Marysville. Dr. Camara will provide a special presentation directly to men. The event is free and includes refreshments. Free prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood screening tests will be performed on site.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men, with nearly 250,000 cases expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2013. During that same period, nearly 30,000 men will die from the disease. The disease is more prevalent among African-American men and men over 40. Early detection is key in beating the disease. These lifesaving screenings take only about a minute, and most men find them painless. Any male can be tested.
There are virtually no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer, so testing is the best way to detect it, and the best way to obtain a favorable result. The later signs of prostate cancer include symptoms such as: frequent urinating, problems urinating, weak flow, painful or burning urination, painful ejaculation, blood in urine or semen, pain or stiffness in lower back, hips or thighs; nausea, weight loss, and fatigue.
Although this is a men’s only event, women, including wives and significant others, are also invited to attend and participate in a special education seminar offered by Sue DeMeulenaere, ARNP-BC, on understanding cancer screenings for men and men’s health issues. This is a discrete and effective way for women to become involved in their partner’s health issues and concerns as they relate to cancer.
The Mercy Regional Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Screening event will be held Tuesday, September 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2601 Electric Avenue, Port Huron. PSA Screenings will be held at 5 p.m., and again at 6:30 p.m. The educational presentation will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Registration is required. To register, please call 1-888-MERCYME (1-888-637-2963).
To learn more about prostate cancer, screening information and guidelines, please visit St. Joseph Mercy Hospital online at mymercy.us.
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St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH)
Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 164-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; bariatric services and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided its “Gold Seal of Approval”. SJMPH’s cancer program was named “best in cancer care” and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons . It is also the only hospital in the region to offer access to radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. St. Joseph Mercy was the second hospital in the state of Michigan to offer access to partial knee robotic surgery, and the first in the state to provide robotic surgery for total hip replacement. In addition to offering the only access to open MRI services through Advanced MRI; SJMPH also provides access to specialized care through a Senior ER. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit: mymercy.us.