NEW BRUNSWICK – In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and its flagship hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) are providing free prostate cancer screenings to men across the state on Sept. 23, 24 and 25.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and it is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men other than skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. That is why the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJUH join forces each year to educate men and their families about this disease through the annual event, which has tested thousands of men over the past 15 years.
The screening has long been supported by local clergy, civic leaders, and their respective institutions whose community presence has encouraged groups of men to regularly attend. “Together we have an opportunity to educate men about the importance of screening and offer them this vital service. When such an important message comes from community leaders that these men know and trust, it truly resonates and has resulted in numerous men returning year after year. We are grateful for this type of support,” noted Mariam Merced, director of the RWJUH Community Health Promotion Program.
At the screening, men will receive a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, as well as prostate-specific literature, and have the opportunity to speak to a urologic oncologist from the Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute. Assistance for Spanish speakers will be available.
“With this simple screening method, we have an opportunity to detect potentially harmful cancers at an earlier and more curable stage,” said Cancer Institute urologic oncologist Thomas L. Jang, MD, MPH, who heads the clinical component of the annual screening event. “All men 40 and older, as well as men with a family history of prostate cancer and those most at risk – such as African American men – should discuss with their physician an appropriate screening schedule and at what age to begin. If a man doesn’t have a family physician or health insurance, this free screening will provide an opportunity to better protect his prostate health,” noted Dr. Jang, who is also an assistant professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Registration is now open for the screenings, which run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. all three evenings at the Cancer Institute (195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick) and are open to all men 40 and older. Limited free parking will be available. For those taking mass transit, the Cancer Institute is one block south of the New Brunswick train station. While the screenings are free, an appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 1-888-MD-RWJUH (1-888-637-9584). Additional information can be found at: http://www.cinj.org/prostatescreening.
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