For the third consecutive year, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the Buffalo Bills are hosting the Prostate Cancer Early Diagnosis Outreach Clinic,a free prostate cancer education and early detection event, encouraging men to learn their own statistics such as their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, family history or other factors that may raise their prostate cancer risk. RPCI doctors will be performing free screenings in the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium that will include prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and digital rectal exams (DRE) for eligible men.
Special appearances will be made throughout the event by Buffalo Bills players, the Buffalo Jills and Buffalo Bills alumni. Tours of Ralph Wilson Stadium will be offered for attendees, who will also be eligible to win raffle prizes.
"This event drives home the idea that knowledge of your health is empowering," says James Mohler, MD, Associate Director and Senior-Vice President for Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Urology at RPCI. "Knowing your statistics and risk factors and getting the recommended screenings help detect these cancers at their earliest stages, when patients have the most options available to them."
One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but with early detection, about 90 percent of these cancers will be cured. RPCI recommends that men begin annual screening with the PSA test and digital rectal exam at age 50; and that men with other risk factors—family history, being African American or having known genetic mutations—begin the screenings at age 40.
Pre-registration for "Know Your Statistics" is encouraged. Men planning to attend the clinic should call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or complete the online registration form at www.roswellpark.org/knowyourstatistics.