NEW BRUNSWICK – During September, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and its Network hospitals are making a special effort to mark Prostate Awareness Month. They are reaching and educating as many men as possible about one of the more common types of cancer that affect them, and teaming up to provide prostate screenings and education across the state. CINJ is a Center of Excellence at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer according to the American Cancer Society. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men other than skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. It is estimated that approximately 192,000 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States this year, with African-American men being at a higher risk. In New Jersey alone, 6,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year. That is why CINJ and its Network hospitals are joining forces to educate men and their families about this disease.
Molly Gabel, MD, director of the CINJ Network, and associate professor of radiation oncology at UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says the CINJ Network has a unique opportunity to educate the greater community. “Every September, the members of the CINJ Network work collaboratively to offer screening and education events throughout the state. It is through these efforts that we as a collective will be able to reach and teach more New Jersey men about their prostate health and to have a positive and potentially life-saving impact,” she said.
CINJ and its Flagship Hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick will be hosting their annual prostate-screening event September 27, 28, and 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each evening at CINJ (195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick). The joint event is in its eleventh year and has long attracted the support of local clergy and community leaders. A team of experts including board-certified urologists from the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at CINJ will conduct the screenings, which will include a digital rectal exam and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The screenings are open to all men 40 and older. Limited free parking will be available. While the screenings are free, an appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 732-247-2050.
Other CINJ Network Prostate Cancer Awareness Events:
The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital (Summit)
Wednesday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Wallace Auditorium at Overlook Hospital (99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit). The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center and Community Health Department at Overlook Hospital will be offering a program called “Men’s Night Out” with lectures related to prostate disease. Guest lecturers include Louis Schwartz, MD, chair of radiation oncology at Overlook Hospital, who will discuss “New Treatment Options with CyberKnife;” and CINJ Certified Genetic Counselor Jessica Heinzmann, MS, CGC, who will discuss “The Genetics of Prostate Cancer: What You and Your Family May Want to Know;” The event also will include a presentation by Rachna Kapoor, PharmD, a pharmacy clinical coordinator at Overlook Hospital. A guest appearance by members of the New York Jets football team also is scheduled. The event is free, but registration is required by calling 1-800-247-9580.
CentraState Healthcare System (Freehold)
Tuesday, September 21, from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., at the Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center at CentraState (901 West Main Street, Freehold). CentraState is offering a lecture by a physician on both prostate and colorectal cancers, followed by prostate and colorectal cancer screenings for men until 8:00 p.m. The free event is designed to assist men and their families in making educated decisions regarding prevention, detection and treatment. Registration is required by calling 732-308-0570 or visiting www.centrastate.com/healthprograms.
Somerset Medical Center (Somerville)
Wednesday, September 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 25 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Somerset Family Practice (110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville). The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings as part of a research study being conducted by the Prostate Cancer Education Council. Board-certified urologists from the Prostate Cancer Institute at The Steeplechase Cancer Center will provide digital rectal exams and blood tests to determine PSA, cholesterol and testosterone levels. Men over age 40, and those over age 35 who are considered to be at high-risk for prostate cancer from factors such as family history, are eligible to participate. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling Somerset Medical Center’s Community Health Department at 908-685-2814.
University Medical Center at Princeton (Princeton)
Thursday, September 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the University Medical Center at Princeton, Medical Arts Building – Suite B (253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton). The University Medical Center at Princeton will offer free prostate cancer screenings to men 40 and over. The screening process includes a digital rectal exam by a board certified urologist, as well as the PSA blood test. Educational materials will be made available along with light refreshments. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 888-897-8979.
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