Thursday, May 8, 2014

Free Prostate Screenings & Free Brewers Tickets May 12

Even though you may not be able to avoid the first number,
you can avoid being part of the second if it is detected early.
Get checked.
We all know men are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves, so sometimes an incentive can help kick us into action. This coming Monday men are given just that opportunity - to be spurred into action to get themselves checked out - in this case for prostate cancer. After the Brewers hopefully hand it to the Yankees this weekend, the Miller Park parking lot will be home to something quite different than tailgating. On Monday, May 12, fans of the Brewers and staying healthy can head on down to the lot where two mobile clinic vehicles will be there to perform prostate cancer screenings for free. Not only is it free, and you don't need an appointment, but you have the chance to get 2 free Brewers tickets.

The event, presented by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, Fox 6, the Milwaukee Brewers, ZERO-Prostate Cancer Testing and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation, takes place Monday, May 12, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. Exams will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The incentive? Beyond just making sure you are healthy, the first 250 men who complete the screening will receive a voucher good for two tickets to a future Milwaukee Brewers home game.


The free, private screenings will be provided in two mobile clinic vehicles in the stadium parking lot, near the Home Plate Gate entrance at the northwest corner of the ballpark. 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. The PSA test is the most widely available test to identify changes in the prostate that may indicate disease.
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. Prostate cancer screening is not recommended for men younger than age 55, unless they are African-American, or have risk factors such as a family history of prostate cancer.
Exams will be performed by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians and other clinical experts. 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.