National Prostate Cancer Screening Program Offers Free Testing

National Prostate Cancer Screening Program Offers Free Testing

Posted on: August 31, 2010

Canton, Ohio: More than 217,000 men in 2010 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 32,050 will die from the disease. The good news: with early detection, prostate cancer is one of the more treatable forms of cancer, and studies have shown regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing reduces prostate cancer deaths by 44 percent. Men across Stark County and nearby communities–especially those 40 and older, or those who have a family history of prostate cancer–are encouraged to receive a free PSA test to determine their status regarding this serious men’s health issue.

This free prostate cancer testing is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center, Stark County Minority Health Coalition, and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, in collaboration with ZERO – The Project to end Prostate Cancer, which tours the U.S. for a variety of events to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer for men at risk. This is one of many stops for the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, an initiative to educate and test men from coast to coast, which has provided free testing to more than 100,000 men since the program began in 2002.

“The latest figures show the number of new prostate cancer cases in Stark County have been increasing steadily since 2006. We believe early detection is the best approach to battling this trend, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to co-sponsor this free screening to the men in our community and those in surrounding counties,” said Barbara Currence, Stark County Minority Health Coalition Chairperson.

“More lives are being saved every day through early detection,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. “This 10-minute test could save your life.”

When and Where:
Saturday, September 11
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
National Football Hall of Fame (Main Parking Lot)
2121 George Halas Drive, N.W.
Canton, OH 44708

What is the Drive Against Prostate Cancer?
It’s big. It’s purple. It’s the largest mobile medical program of its kind on the globe. It’s the Drive Against Prostate Cancer–a mobile, medical bus where local licensed physicians conduct a two-part early detection procedure, which consists of a prostate=specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a physical examination. The tests are conducted in a 39-foot Airstream Land Yacht XL, designed specifically for prostate cancer testing. The exams are free, thanks to sponsors and University of Michigan Labs.

The Drive Against Prostate Cancer is administered by ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

About Prostate Cancer
• 1 in every 6 men will get prostate cancer sometime in his life. More than 217,000 cases are expected in 2010–on par with breast cancer.

• There are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in its early stages. This is why getting tested is so critical.

• If a close relative has prostate cancer, a man’s risk of the disease more than doubles. With two relatives, his risk increases five times. With three close relatives, his risk is about 97 percent.

• Nearly 100 percent of patients survive at least five years if prostate cancer is detected early (i.e. cancer still contained within the prostate).

About Stark County Minority Health Coalition
The mission of the Stark County Minority Health Coalition (SCMHC) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health programs and activities that will reduce and eliminate health disparities. SCMHC collaborates with local, state, and private sectors to advance and implement health promotion and disease prevention strategies. The coalition is comprised of members from various social service, profit and non-profit organizations who volunteer their time and efforts to facilitate an ongoing integration of culturally appropriate health services and health awareness programs into the community.

About Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton (scfcanton.org)
Established in 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Based on the vision of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.

About ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer (ZeroCancer.org)
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and, for those with prostate cancer, it means a zero PSA. Our name conveys what we stand for–zero tolerance for prostate cancer. At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering, and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journey.

About Mercy Medical Center (cantonmercy.org)
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.

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