Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Loyola To Offer Free Exams As Part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September

Confidential screenings will include blood tests and exams by a Loyola urologist

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- More than 55 million American men are at risk for developing prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

This year more than 27,000 men are expected to die of the disease, which is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men.

"Fortunately, caught early enough prostate cancer is highly treatable," said urologist Dr. Robert C. Flanigan, chairman, Department of Urology, Loyola University Medical Center. "Early detection can dramatically increase the chances of surviving prostate cancer. All men should be screened for prostate cancer every year after age 50 – even earlier if they are African Americans, who have the highest rate of the disease and the lowest rate of survival."

As part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Loyola University Medical Center will join with hospitals across the nation to offer free prostate cancer screenings. The screenings will take place from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

The screenings will be confidential and will include blood tests and exams by board-certified urologists. Participants will be notified of the results of their blood tests by mail. If your test is abnormal, Loyola medical staff will contact you by phone to arrange additional care.

The prostate is the gland below a man’s bladder that produces fluid for semen. Prostate cancer ranks only behind skin cancer as the most common type of cancer found in American men. It is rare in men younger than 40. Symptoms include:

* Difficulty in beginning urination * Weak or interrupted flow of urine. * Difficulty in emptying the bladder * Frequent urination, especially at night. * Pain or burning during urination. * Blood in the urine or semen. * Pain in the back, hips or pelvis that doesn't go away. * Painful ejaculation.

Appointment times are limited and registration is required. Call (888) LUHS-888. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. Self-parking is $5. Valet parking is $6. The screening is not recommended for men currently under the care of an urologist.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.