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Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Scheduled for Johnson County Men
09/17/2010

CLEBURNE, Texas — Know Your PSA is the prostate cancer awareness program funded by the Friends of Texas Health Cleburne and the Black & White Gala. The hospital conducts a PSA clinic for men in Johnson County each September, which is Prostate Awareness Month.

This year the PSA clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 24 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. Dr. Mike White, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne, will conduct the screenings.

Know Your PSA has provided more than 400 no-cost prostate screens, which includes a digital rectal exam, a PSA blood test and prostate cancer education, since the initiative was added in 2001. Johnson County men who have not had a PSA exam in the last year qualify for the free PSA screening. To register and check eligibility, please call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer. Approximately 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and approximately 29,000 will die; however, when diagnosed in its earliest stages, prostate cancer has one of the highest 5 year survival rates.

By age 50, the American Cancer Society recommends that men at average risk for prostate cancer talk with their doctor about whether to begin screening tests. Men at high risk, such as African-Americans and men who have a family history of prostate cancer should establish a baseline PSA by age 45.

While the exact cause of prostate cancer is not known, certain risk factors are linked to the disease. A risk factor is anything that increases a person's chance of getting a disease. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, such as smoking, can be controlled. Others, like a person's age or family history, cannot be changed. But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease.

Several factors can increase the risk of a man developing prostate cancer, including:

  • Age: The chance of developing prostate cancer goes up as a man gets older. About two out of every three prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
  • Race: For unknown reasons, prostate cancer is more common among African-American men. One in six men (one in four African-American men) will have prostate cancer in his lifetime and African-American men are twice as likely to die from the disease. Prostate cancer occurs less often in Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino men.
  • Family history: Prostate cancer seems to run in some families, which suggests that in some cases there may be an inherited or genetic factor. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk of developing this disease. (The risk is higher for men with an affected brother than for those with an affected father.) The risk is much higher for men with several affected relatives, particularly if their relatives were young at the time the cancer was found.
  • Diet: Men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products seem to have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer. These men also tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Doctors are not sure which of these factors causes the risk to go up. The best advice is to eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day and to eat less red meat and high-fat dairy products.
  • Exercise: Although most studies have not shown a link to exercise, one recent study found that men over the age of 65 who exercised vigorously had a lower rate of prostate cancer.

Johnson County men who have not had a PSA exam in more than one year are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for free screenings. The Friends of Texas Health Cleburne and the Black & White Gala support through funding and volunteer efforts, outreach programs and projects that improve the health status of the Johnson County community. The Know Your PSA initiative for men was added in 2001. In addition to Know Your PSA, other funded programs include Mammograms Are A Must! and Shots For Tots. To make an appointment for a PSA screening, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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