County Sponsors Prostate Cancer Awareness Event

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PERTH AMBOY – To mark the observance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Middlesex County Office of Public Health and the Middlesex County Cancer Coalition are sponsoring a prostate cancer awareness event in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, the New Jersey Asian American Association for Human Services, and Param Care Foundation.

This family event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, 100 First Street, Perth Amboy.

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Participants can enjoy interactive exhibits with medical and health care professionals, receive giveaway items and healthy refreshments, and attend workshops to receive health education about prostate cancer, nutrition, physical activities, and chronic illnesses.

Middlesex County Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante, chair of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee, said, “Each September we observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to support fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons as well as their family members and friends who have been affected by this disease. This observance raises awareness for individuals to prevent, detect, and treat prostate cancer. Early detection can save lives.”

“Early detection and education are key if we are to conquer this devastating disease,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I encourage all Middlesex County residents to attend this important awareness event.”

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among men in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated of 150,090 new cases occurred nationally in 2009 and about 34 percent of all diagnosed prostate cancers are found in men aged 65 years or older. The rate of prostate cancer is higher among African American men than among men in any other racial or ethnic group. Prostate cancer can be detected early through screening procedures.

Katherine Antonitis, acting director of the Middlesex County Office of Public Health Department, said, “Men 50 years of age or older should have annual prostate exams. African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer should begin screenings at age 45. Residents can help reduce their risk of prostate cancer by avoiding smoking, losing weight, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, knowing their family medical history, and maintaining annual check-ups with a doctor.”

The Middlesex County Office of Public Health’s Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program provides free cancer screenings to both men and women who are uninsured or underinsured. County residents, who meet New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services income guidelines, are eligible to be screened for prostate, breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.

To find out if you are eligible for free cancer screenings through the CEED program, contact the MCPHD at 1-732-745-3127.

For more information about the event, contact Padma Arvind or Viviana De Los Angeles by phone at 1-732-745-3140 or by e-mail padma.arvind@co.middlesex.nj.us.


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