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DC Hospitals Step It Up During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – FREE Resources You Need to Know About

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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.

How Much Do You Really Know About Prostate Cancer? Facts you should know!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

According to the American Cancer Society, about 217,730 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Another 32,050 men are expected to die from prostate cancer in 2010.  Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men.

Prostate cancer refers to carcinoma of the prostate gland. The prostate is about the size of a walnut, and it is an integral part of the male reproductive system. This gland secretes and stores an alkaline fluid that makes up about 25-30% of the semen. This alkaline fluid is what prolongs the life of the spermatozoa once secreted. The prostate gland wraps around the urethra, which conducts the urine out of the bladder.  Men diagnosed with prostate cancer experience difficulties with urination as the gland swells up, thus constricting the urethra.

Considering the prevalence of this cancer in the male population, each man should take time to familiarize himself with the signs and symptoms of this disease and how it is diagnosed.  Some of the symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • Urinary hesitation
  • Urinary dribbling
  • Urinary retention
  • Pain with urination
  • Pain with ejaculation
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Urinary leakage
  • Bloody urine
  • Anemia
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss

If you happen to experience some or all of  the above symptoms, make sure to talk to your doctor about the possibility of prostate cancer.  You should ask your physician to explain to you the various diagnostic tests, which could help make an early diagnosis.  These include:

  • PCA test – Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test is designed to examine the level of a substance produced by the prostate gland (i.e., the antigen). An elevated PCA level could be indicative of prostate cancer.
  • AMACR - α-Methylacyl Coenzyme A Racemase (AMACR) is a protein, which tends to be more expressed in patients with prostate cancer.
  • Urine analysis
  • Prostate fluid testing
  • Prostate biopsy

Sure, many men will avoid getting ongoing healthcare and avoid going to their doctors regularly – until it’s too late. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, do yourself a favor and contact your doctor for an appointment.