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According to national statistics, the number of prostate cancer cases is increasing and there is a one in six chance that American men will be diagnosed with the disease — meaning around 2 million American men are living with prostate cancer today.
Because almost every male is at some degree of risk for prostate cancer, SwedishAmerican is hosting a unique prostate cancer awareness event from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Giovanni’s. Attendees will enjoy complimentary burgers, brats and beverages and have a chance to win a gas grill and other prizes from local merchants. Those who enjoy playing billiards can do that, courtesy of Von’s Pool Tables.
In addition to a presentation by UW Health Urologist Dr. David Jarrard and Q & A with a medical expert panel, United Way President and CEO Paul Logli will help raise awareness about the disease and encourage men to recognize the indicators and risks of prostate cancer. Everyone who attends will receive a $25 voucher for a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening at any SwedishAmerican Medical Group clinic.
“Men often overlook their own health issues,” said Diane Scoville, director of SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center. “Understandably, there are not many health issues that most men feel comfortable talking about. Prostate cancer is the most common newly-diagnosed cancer, and it is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. The good news is that while prostate cancer is common, it also is highly treatable when caught early. The bottom line is as men, you owe it to yourselves, as well as to your children and families, to get checked out.”
Because there is such a significant need to educate the community about men’s oncology health issues, SwedishAmerican is linking a fun activity to a serious cause.
“We hope to make a huge difference by educating men about their health,” said Scoville. “The more we talk about prostate cancer and encourage screening, the more lives we can save.”
While this event is primarily for men, women are welcome to attend. To register for the free event, visit www.swedishamerican.org or call HealthConnect at (815) 968-2500.
SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed health care system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation and an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.