Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings May 26

Fifth Annual Event Encourages Early Detection

For the fifth straight year, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Fox 6, the Milwaukee Brewers and ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer are joining together to encourage men to protect themselves against prostate cancer.

Set for Thursday, May 26 (rain or shine), from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miller Park, the free, private screenings will be provided in a mobile clinic vehicle and in two private rooms inside the stadium. No appointment is necessary. Exams will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first 500 men who complete the screening will receive a voucher good for two tickets to a future Milwaukee Brewers home game.

Statistics show one in every six men will develop prostate cancer. The good news is that with early detection, prostate cancer is highly curable.

"If you’re over 40, getting checked is a simple step that could save your life," said William See, MD, prostate cancer specialist with Froedtert & The Medical College Prostate and Urologic Cancer Program. "For all men, the risk of prostate cancer goes up at age 50, and for African-American men, the risk elevates at age 40."

The exam involves a blood test to measure the amount of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, in the blood and a physical examination of the prostate gland. Participants will know the results of their physical exam immediately; PSA test results will be mailed within four weeks. All results are confidential. Because there are risks and benefits associated with prostate cancer screening, men are encouraged to talk with their physicians about whether and when screening is appropriate.

Exams will be performed by Medical College physicians and other clinical experts from Froedtert & The Medical College. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes; wait times will depend on demand. Fasting is not necessary; men should eat before arriving and stay well-hydrated.

The screenings will be conducted in a 39-foot clinic vehicle operated by ZERO and two rooms inside Miller Park stadium. These venues provide a comfortable, private environment.

More than 500 men were screened at the event in 2010. More than 12 percent had abnormal PSA results and about 5 percent had abnormal physical prostate exam results. In the four years the free event has been held, over 2,000 men have been screenedmany of them for the first time.