Call-to-Action Issued to Johnson County Men From Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne|
CLEBURNE, Texas — This year alone, 125 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to affect men in Johnson County. With another 13 men expected to die in 2012 from the cancer, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is issuing a call-to-action for Johnson County men to attend a free prostate cancer screening on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Since its inception in 2001, the annual Know Your PSA event has been funded by the Friends of Texas Health Cleburne and the Black & White Gala. During the three-hour program, Mike White, M.D., a family medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne, will conduct the prostate cancer screenings.
Over the past ten years, more than 470 men have benefited from the program, which includes educational documentation, a digital rectal exam, along with a prostate-specific antigen test, better known as the PSA blood test.
With one in six American males developing prostate cancer, it represents the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. More than 28,000 will die from the disease this year, according to the American Cancer Society.
The two greatest risk factors for prostate cancer are age and ethnicity. About 60 percent of all prostate cancer cases in the United States are diagnosed in men 65 and older, and African-American men have the highest incidence rates in the country.
“Recent studies, however, suggest that a diet high in processed meat or dairy food, along with obesity, may be considered possible risk factors as well,” White said.
Although early prostate cancer usually has no symptoms, the American Cancer Society encourages men, beginning at the age of 50 with an average risk of prostate cancer, to speak with their doctors in order to make an informed decision about screening tests. Also, men at high risk of developing prostate cancer, including those with a close relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 65, are encouraged to speak to their health care provider starting at age 45.
The free prostate cancer screenings are being offered only to those Johnson County men who have not had a PSA exam in the last year. To register for the screening or for more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).
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