Friday, May 02, 2014
Free Prostate Cancer Screenings to be Offered at Miller Park
Milwaukee, Wis. – Marking six years of collaboration, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, Fox 6, the Milwaukee Brewers, ZERO-Prostate Cancer Testing and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation are again joining together to encourage men to protect themselves against prostate cancer.
Set for Monday, May 12 (rain or shine), from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miller Park, the free screenings will be provided in the comfortable, private environment of two mobile clinic vehicles in the stadium parking lot near the Home Plate Gate entrance at the northwest corner of the ballpark.
No appointment is necessary. Exams will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 250 men 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 develop prostate cancer. With early detection, prostate cancer is highly curable. For all men, the risk of prostate cancer goes up at age 50. For African-American men, the risk elevates at age 40.
“If you’re over 50, or are over 40 with an increased risk for developing prostate cancer based on family history or ethnicity, getting checked is a simple step that could save your life,” said William See, MD, prostate cancer specialist with Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center. “This is an incredible time in the area of prostate cancer. We may be in one of the most progressive periods ever with prostate and urological cancer research."
Dr. See added, "If diagnosed with cancer, patients should determine if their physician has advanced specialty training in treating this disease. Many men find it helpful to get a second opinion, and some explore clinical trial options."
Men are encouraged to talk with their physicians about whether and when screening is appropriate.
The prostate cancer screening involves a blood draw to measure the amount of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, in the blood, as well as a physical examination of the prostate gland. The PSA test is a widely used diagnostic tool to identify changes in the prostate that may indicate disease.
Participants in the screening at Miller Park will learn the results of the physical exam immediately; PSA test results are mailed within four weeks. All results are confidential.
Exams will be performed by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians and clinical experts in two 39-foot clinic vehicles operated by ZERO. The exam takes 20 minutes; wait times will depend on demand. Fasting is not necessary. Men should eat before arriving and stay well-hydrated – important for the PSA blood test.
More than 450 men were screened at the last event. More than 16 percent had abnormal PSA results and nearly 10 percent had abnormal physical prostate exam results. In the six years the free event has been held, more than 3,100 men have been screened—many of them for the first time.
Financial support from donors to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation help support this event.
For information about prostate cancer, call Froedtert & the Medical College Prostate and Urologic Cancer Program at 414-805-0505 or visit froedtert.com/prostate.