J.C. Blair Sponsors Prostate Cancer Events in September
For American men, prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. One in six men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime, and one in 36 will die from it. After age 50, the chance of developing prostate cancer increases significantly. According to the American Cancer Society, each year about 32,000 men die of prostate cancer, but more than 2 million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today. The death rate for prostate cancer is going down, and the disease is being found earlier.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and J.C. Blair Medical Services is sponsoring two events for community residents to learn more about prevention, screening and the importance of early detection of prostate cancer.
The first event is a “Lunch and Learn” with guest speaker Kaye Weiss, RN, Cancer Prevention Consultant with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Southcentral District on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 12:00 noon in the J.C. Blair Education Center. J.C. Blair Urologist Spencer Long, M.D., will host this event and be available to answer questions. This luncheon program is free for J.C. Blair Seniority members and $5.00 for all others. Please call (814) 643-9549 to make a reservation.
On Saturday, September 25, 2010, J.C. Blair Urologist Spencer Long will be offering a free preventive health prostate screening, by appointment, from 9:00 a.m. til noon. Men between the ages of 50 and 75, or 40 to 50 with a family history, and who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer or had a prostate screening within the past year, are encouraged to schedule an appointment for this free screening. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis and can be made by calling J.C. Blair Urologist Dr. Spencer Long’s Office at (814) 643-8424.