Screening for Bladder Cancer

November 07, 1996

TO: Medical Reporters, Calendar Editors, Producers, Editors

EVENT: Screening for Bladder Cancer

LOCATION: Ambulatory Center at Strong Memorial Hospital - Dept. of Urology

DATES & TIMES: Monday, November 18 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 22 between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

COST: Free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested; call 275-0989 or 275-4495

A free bladder cancer detection program will be conducted twice during the week of November 18 -- designated as "Bladder Health Week" by the Bladder Health Council of the American Foundation for Urology Disease -- by the Department of Urology in the Ambulatory Center at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The free screenings take place on Monday, November 18 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, November 22 between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Parking is available in the garage at Strong Memorial Hospital; follow signs to the Department of Urology in the new Ambulatory Center. Advance registration is requested; please call 275-0989 or 275-4495.

Since bladder cancer afflicts both men and women, all are invited to attend. The screening involves a brief discussion about bladder cancer and then the testing of a urine sample for the presence of microscopic blood, which is often a signal that bladder cancer is present.

Other symptoms include a discomfort or burning sensation when urinating and the need to urinate more frequently or urgently than usual.

Leading the screening is Edward Messing, M.D., chair of the Department of Urology and interim chair of the University of Rochester Cancer Center. "The early detection of bladder cancer is quite important, since if it is diagnosed in its early stages, it is much more likely to be cured," says Dr. Messing. "Also, bladder cancer that is detected early can be treated much easier than cancer detected in its late stages."

About Bladder Cancer

This year more than 50,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be detected; nearly 12,000 Americans will die from it. In the United States, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men and the ninth most common among women.

Cigarette smoking doubles the risk for both men and women.

Blood in the urine is the most common symptom, even microscopic amounts, which is why a special diagnostic test is required for early detection.

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