Canton, Ohio: Recent statistics reveal that each year roughly 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death. Found early, prostate cancer is very treatable, and survival rates are high.
To promote greater awareness about prostate cancer and early detection, Mercy Cancer Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings and an opportunity to learn more about robotic-assisted prostatectomy on Monday, Sept. 13 at Mercy Medical Center. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing and physical examinations will be scheduled beginning at 6 p.m. David Heiser, M.D., urologist at Mercy Medical Center, will perform the screenings for men currently not under the care of a urologist and who are 50 years or older or African American men who are 45 years or older. Appointments are required and can be made by calling Mercy Healthcare Connection at 330-489-1333 or 800-223-8662.
From 6 to 8 p.m., Stephen Ochs, M.D., urologist and robotic surgeon at Mercy Medical Center, will be available to talk about robotic-assisted prostatectomy. Th da Vinci Surgical System will be on display to view up close, and Dr. Ochs will be available to answer questions. Learn more about this newer, less-invasive surgical option for prostate cancer, view the da Vinci Surgical System up close, and have an opportunity to ask questions. No appointment necessary, and light refreshments will be served.
Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder).
About Mercy Cancer Center
Mercy Cancer Center has been accredited since 1986 as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. In 2008 CoC awarded Mercy Cancer Center the Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care. Mercy is the only area hospital and one of just 95 facilities nationwide to earn the award, along with the CoC¹s three-year re-accreditation with commendation.
Fewer than 20 percent of cancer programs in the United States attain this superior recognition. Mercy Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostics and surgical facilities, innovative treatments with chemotherapy and radiation, national cancer research trials, a complementary medicine program, support services, and the latest in cancer information.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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