Friday, September 4, 2009

Loyola to Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screenings As Part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Months in September

Screenings will include blood tests and exams by Loyola urologists, assistance with follow-up care if needed

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- More than 39,000 American men will die this year of prostate cancer. Early detection can dramatically increase a man’s chances of survival.

Men should be screened for prostate cancer annually after age 50 -- even earlier if they are African Americans, who have the highest rate of the disease and the lowest rate of survival.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and to help fight the deadly disease, Loyola University Health System will be offering free prostate cancer screenings. The screenings will include blood tests and exams by 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 help arrange follow-up care.

The screenings will take place from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, which is on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Appointment times are limited and registration is required. Call (888) LUHS-888 to register. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. Valet and self-parking are $4. 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.