The event features Dan Gillen, APRN, FNP-C, who works in the SHS Adult Medicine Department. He will present the recommendations on prostate cancer screenings from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based health care.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer, the task force reports. Older men, African-American men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer.
In recent years, Dan noted, the task force has revised guidelines for Prostate Cancer screening. That’s because although prostate cancer is common, in most cases it grows very slowly and does not cause symptoms.
“There were many cases of false positives, and often, the tests, biopsies and treatments would cause unnecessary pain,” Dan said. “It is important to understand and make decisions about screening and treatment, especially since most prostate cancer won’t cause health problems.”
At the event, Dan will review the two types of screenings – a blood test and a rectal exam. He’ll explain the typical steps if prostate cancer is indicated: a second blood test, an ultrasound, and if warranted, a biopsy.
A biopsy, he notes, can cause pain, bleeding or infection, sometimes for no reason. Treatment may also include radiation or surgery, which can be more risky than allowing the slow-growth cancer to proceed untreated.
“I want to applaud men for taking charge of their health with a prostate screening, and I want to make sure they know other screenings might be even more important,” he said. “Colon cancer screening can identify a cancer that needs to be removed. If you have high blood pressure, you’ve got to take your medication. If you’re smoking, you should stop.”
- Screening for Prostate Cancer: Consumer Guide, from the US Preventive Services Task Force
- Prostate Cancer Information, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Prostate Cancer Screening, from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute
To participate in the Prostate Cancer event, please RSVP by calling 816-599-5715 or send an email to email@example.com. Free screenings are available for the first 10 people who sign up.
Men, today is a good day to take charge of your health. If you haven’t had a check-up lately, call SHS at 816-923-5800 to make an appointment.