September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness about prostate cancer, hospitals in Washington, D.C. are stepping-up this September for a good cause indeed. Did you know that an estimated 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be reported this year? About 33,720 men will die this year alone from prostate cancer. About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.
Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, the good news is that the survival rate is quite high for patients who are diagnosed and treated early. If you are a man, a key to your survival is to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and to seek regular screening.
This year, Georgetown University Hospital will recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by offering men free prostate cancer screening.
Who should get screened?
- Men over the age of 35 – particularly African-American or Hispanic men over the age of 35
- Men with a family history of prostate cancer
If you meet the above criteria, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Free screening will be offered on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Free parking will be available in the Leavey Center garage. The Georgetown University Hospital is located at 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007. “The screening will consist of blood testing to determine PSA (prostate specific antigen) level, total cholesterol, and a digital rectal exam (DRE) to be performed by physicians.”
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you might want to contact the Providence Hospital prostate cancer support group. This group is specifically dedicated to helping patients live and cope with prostate cancer. Brothers Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every 4th Tuesday between 6:30p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Providence Hospital’s Wellness Institute (1150 Varnum St. NE, 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C 20017). For more information, please call 202-269-7795.
Please share this information with your friends, fans, and readers. For more information about cancer support groups in the D.C. area, please visit DC Cancer Consortium.