Free Prostate Cancer Screenings at Miller Park
Milwaukee, WI (May 4, 2010) — For the fourth straight year, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Fox 6, the Milwaukee Brewers and ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer, are joining together to encourage men to protect themselves against prostate cancer.
Set for Thursday, May 20 (rain or shine), from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at Miller Park, the free, private screenings will take place in two mobile clinic vehicles near TGI Friday’s restaurant in the northeast corner of the ballpark. No appointment is necessary. Exams will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first 500 participants who complete the screening will receive a voucher good for two tickets to a future Milwaukee Brewers home game.
Statistics show one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The good news is that with early detection, prostate cancer is highly curable.
“If you’re over 40, getting checked is a simple step that could save your life,” said William See, MD, prostate cancer specialist with Froedtert & The Medical College Prostate and Urologic Cancer Program. “For all men, the risk of prostate cancer goes up at age 50, and for African-American men, the risk elevates at age 40.”
The exam involves a blood test to measure the amount of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, in the blood, and a physical examination of the prostate gland. Participants will know the results of their physical exam immediately; PSA test results will be mailed within four weeks. All results are confidential. Because there are risks and benefits associated with prostate cancer screening, men are encouraged to talk with their physicians about whether and when screening is appropriate.
Exams will be performed by Medical College physicians and other clinical experts from Froedtert & The Medical College. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes; wait times will depend on demand. Fasting is not necessary; men should eat before arriving and stay well-hydrated.
The screenings will be conducted in two 39-foot clinic vehicles operated by ZERO. The use of a second vehicle, which will help reduce wait times, was funded by donors to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Equipped just as a doctor’s office would be, the custom-designed vehicles provide a comfortable, private environment.
Nearly 650 men were screened at the event in 2009. More than 11 percent had abnormal PSA results and about 6 percent had abnormal physical prostate exam results. In the three years the free event has been held, more than 1,500 men have been screened — many of them for the first time.
Last Review Date: May 4, 2010