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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