Hospital News

David Arbutina, M.D., F.A.C.S., 
Medical Director of the 
Breast Cancer & Women's Health Institute in Central Pennsylvania

David Arbutina, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director of the Breast Cancer & Women's Health Institute in Central Pennsylvania

J.C. Blair Sponsors Men and Women's Health Events in September and October

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital is sponsoring several upcoming events for men and women in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. 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 National Cancer Institute, each year about 28,000 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.

On Saturday, September 29, J.C. Blair Urologist Spencer Long, M.D., will be offering a free preventive health prostate screening, by appointment, from 8:00 a.m. until 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.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For American women, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer (next to skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death (next to lung cancer). Ninety-five percent of new cases and 97% of cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years of age and older. According to the American Cancer Society, each year about 39,520 women die of breast cancer, but more than 2.6 million women in the United States who have had breast cancer at some point are still alive today according to the National Cancer Institute. Men account for 1% of all breast cancers. The death rate for breast cancer is going down, and the disease is being found earlier.

J.C. Blair is sponsoring two events for community residents to learn more about prevention, screening and the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, J.C. Blair is sponsoring a mammography screening day and women's health fair on Saturday, September 29 from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon at the J.C. Blair Women's Imaging Center. Women can take advantage of convenient Saturday morning hours. Most major health insurances are accepted. Women without insurance are encouraged to call the Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP) at 1-888-687-0505. A physician's order is required. Before and after their appointment, women can visit women's health fair stations including blood pressure screening, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, heel scan, stress management and more. Mammography appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis and can be made by calling the J.C. Blair Women's Imaging Center at (814) 643-8624.

On Friday, October 5, J.C. Blair is sponsoring the first annual Wear Pink Luncheon at 12 noon at Juniata College Ellis Hall. The featured speaker will be David Arbutina, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director of the Breast Cancer & Women's Health Institute in Central Pennsylvania. He will be presenting "The Myths of Breast Cancer." Cost is $5. Seating is limited. RSVP by September 28 by calling (814) 643-8833.

Dr. Arbutina, MD, is a Board Certified general surgeon and retired Colonel of the United States Air Force. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Arbutina is a seasoned surgeon with twenty six years of experience with a focused area of expertise in breast cancer surgery.

Dr. Arbutina has served as primary investigator for several surgical research studies. He has also reviewed articles on breast cancer diagnosis and general surgery topics for professional publications. He has also presented at a number of national and regional conferences for physicians on breast cancer diagnostic procedures and surgical interventions as well as general surgery topics.

Currently, Dr. Arbutina is the President of the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He also serves as a Governor of the College and represents Pennsylvania at its national meetings. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Service University of Health Science at Bethesda, Maryland. He is a past president and lifetime member of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Dr. Arbutina's practice, Skytop Surgical is located on the Tyrone Hospital campus and he is an active member of the Tyrone Hospital medical staff. He is the director of the Breast Cancer and Women's Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania.
For more information about any of these events, please call (814) 643-8833 or visit www.jcblair.org.