QUINCY, Fla. – September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Capital Regional Cancer Center is making sure that area men take charge of their health by offering free screenings during the month at Capital Regional Cancer Center and Capital Regional Medical Center – Gadsden Memorial Campus. One in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but early detection makes the disease much easier to treat.
Capital Regional Cancer Center Radiation Oncologist Neenad Shah, MD says early detection is the key. “If we catch prostate cancer in its beginning stages, more treatment options are available,” explains Dr. Shah. “Options range from carefully following the men with ‘watchful waiting’ to surgical removal of the prostate, often with the less invasive DaVinci robotic surgery. Another option involves radiation therapy and, with the advanced TomoTherapyÒ system at Capital Regional Cancer Center, prostate cancer can be successfully treated without many of the side effects associated with other forms of treatment. Waiting until the cancer is more advanced severely limits the treatment options and decreases the chance for a cure.”
African-American men suffer disproportionately from prostate cancer. Shah says that the reasons for this are unclear. Because it is not only more common but more deadly for African-American men, they should begin getting yearly screenings at age 40. Men who have a brother or father that has had prostate cancer should also begin screenings at age 40. All other men should receive yearly screenings at age 50.
Free screenings will be held at the Capital Regional Medical Center – Gadsden Memorial Campus at 23186 Blue Star Highway in Quincy on September 23 from 9 – 11 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required so men are encouraged to register soon. To register, call 766-0041.