PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS WEEK, SEPTEMBER 18

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
Although prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer among American men, it is also one of the most treatable. This September 18-24, during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, men are encouraged to learn more about prostate health.

Over 80 percent of men know little to nothing about prostate health—a startling statistic considering the various prostate problems a man can experience. While cancer is one potential prostate health concern, other important issues to watch for include:

• Benign prostatic hyperplasia: a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate that can cause difficulty urinating
• Prostatitis: an inflammation of the prostate gland
• Erectile dysfunction: the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection
• Urinary incontinence: the inability to control urination

Today, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and Cancer Support Community are encouraging men to take the lead in their health and get informed. There’s often no way to detect prostate cancer in its early stages except through a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and/or a digital rectal exam (DRE) done by a trained professional. These tests are used to look for warning signs of prostate cancer. If you are over the age of 45, talk with your physician about this important screening.

On Thursday, September 15, join Gregory Pritham, MD of Bozeman Deaconess Urological Associates as he presents Men’s Prostate Health: Get the Latest Updates. Dr. Pritham will discuss clinical updates on benign prostatic hyperplasia (or an enlarged prostate gland) and its symptoms and prevention. In addition, he’ll discuss updates for prostate cancer treatments. This presentation, free and open to the public, will be held in the Bitterroot Room at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Bozeman Deaconess Health Information Center at 406-522-1644.
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REACH OUT AND READ: SUPPORTING LITERACY IN OUR COMMUNITY

Getting books from the doctor is a routine part of regular pediatric checkups at Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine & Pediatrics. At every regular checkup, children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years receive a new, age-appropriate book to take home and keep. Volunteers read with children in pediatric clinic waiting areas. Pediatricians and family practitioners educate parents about the importance of reading with their children every day.

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Generally speaking, a family medicine doctor is a full spectrum physician who treats all members of the family providing continuous and comprehensive health care.

Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic, and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, and screening tests, as well as personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians manage chronic illness, while coordinating care provided by other sub specialists.

Our family medicine physicians enjoy being a part of the whole family. Knowing the dynamics of multiple generations and caring for each is part of their approach to good medical care for the entire family.

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Medical Home is a team-led, patient-centered approach to health care, where the patient is the most important player on their healthcare team. The patient and the medical home team develop a plan of care created specifically for the patient, focuses on wellness and prevention, keeps the patient connected with the health care team and coordinates care with other health care providers.

Bozeman Deaconess Bridger Internal Medicine, Bozeman Deaconess Spinelli Internal Medicine, Bozeman Deaconess Internal Medicine Associates and Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. Notably, the Bozeman Deaconess Health Group clinics are the first in the State of Montana to earn Level III Medical Home Recognition. Click here for more information on medical home.

Recipient of 2011 Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization

Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics was awarded a 2011 Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The award, presented to a medical clinic in recognition of an outstanding immunization project, recognizes strategies that are evidence-based, evaluated for success and able to be replicated in other clinics.
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