Wilmot Cancer Center Tackles Prostate Cancer with Free Screening Sept. 17

Program Focuses on Men Who Haven’t Been Tested in More Than a Year

September 05, 2003

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is reaching out to men who are at risk of a prostate cancer diagnosis and offering a free screening on Wednesday, Sept. 17.  Men who haven’t been tested in more than a year are encouraged to participate. 

Testing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Wilmot Cancer Center, located at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Free parking is available at the Cancer Center, located on Crittenden Boulevard. 

The screening is an important component of the Tackle Prostate Cancer Program, an educational program for Western New York men, co-sponsored by the Wilmot Cancer Center and the Buffalo Bills. It is being held in conjunction with Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, which is Sept. 14-20.

“Prostate cancer can go undetected for a long time before it’s found, often at an advanced stage,”  says Edward Messing, M.D., chair of the Department of Urology and deputy director of the Wilmot Cancer Center.  “Prostate cancer can be cured when it’s detected early, which is why regular screenings are so important for men as they grow older.”

Each screening takes about 10 minutes, and participants and their primary care physicians will receive a written report of findings. There are two simple tests -- a blood test and digital rectal exam --  that, when combined, can detect most cases of prostate cancer. 

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men, behind skin cancer.  This year in the United States, more than 220,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease and one in six men will face it in their lifetime.

Men who are at most risk of a diagnosis are over 55, have a family history of the disease, or are African American.  The American Cancer Society recommends that men begin annual screenings at age 50, unless they have cancer in their family or are African American, and then they should begin at 45.

To participate in the screening, please call (585) 275-3341.  Space is limited.

The Wilmot Cancer Center, a leader in cancer care and research in Western New York, can help people with concerns about prostate cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.   The Wilmot Cancer Center is dedicated to its mission:  to beat cancer

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