For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is Sept. 19-25

McHENRY – On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Centegra Sage Cancer Center, in cooperation with Centegra Health System affiliated urologists, will offer prostate cancer screenings in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week Sept. 19-25.

The screenings will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. Cost is $20 and includes a clinical rectal exam provided by a physician and a PSA blood test. Prostate cancer screenings take about 10 minutes. An appointment is required. Call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347) to register.

“It’s disheartening to think how many lives could be saved if only more men would get screened for prostate cancer,”  said Dr. Jeffrey Asbury, urologist. “This year, prostate cancer is expected to claim the lives of more than 32,000 American men. That is just too many for a disease that if often treatable when caught it its earliest stages.” 

About the Prostate Conditions Education Council
A national organization committed to men’s health, the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) – formally the Prostate Cancer Education Council – is a leading resource for information on prostate health. The PCEC is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of men, the women in their lives, as well as the medical community about prostate cancer prevalence, the importance of early detection, and available treatment options, as well as other men’s health issues. The council is comprised of a consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer advocates and aims to conduct nation wide screenings for men and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate conditions. More information is available at www.prostateconditions.org.

About Centegra Health System
In July, Centegra Health System expanded community outreach support services to include a twice-monthly support and educational program for or the residents of McHenry Country. In partnership with Wellness Place in Palatine, prostate-related lectures, will be offered on the first Thursday of each month at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center – Huntley with private, one-on-one consultations offered on the third Thursdays of the month..   Networking and exercise programs are planned for Fall 2010.

The new twice-monthly prostate-related lectures, support groups, fitness programs and one-on-one consultations are offered in a conveniently located, non-clinical, fitness facility in Huntley to individuals who are interested in maintaining good prostate health or who have been impacted by prostate cancer. This program is jointly offered through a partnership with Wellness Place in Palatine, Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center – Huntley and Centegra Sage Cancer Center.

Current program offerings, scheduled at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center – Huntley, on the first Thursdays of the month, include:

  • Thursday, Sept. 2: “The Knowledgeable Patient” 
  • Thursday, Oct. 7: “Choosing the Optimal Treatment to Manage Your Prostate ” ¦One Treatment Does Not Fit All” 
  • Thursday, Nov. 4: “The Prevention and Management of Prostate Cancer Through Treatment, Medication, Exercise and Nutrition” 
  • Thursday, Dec. 2: “New Breakthroughs in Medication, Treatment and Quality of Life” 

Attendance at all four lectures is not mandatory but is recommended. The community lectures will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. at no charge. Individual support or private one-on-one consultations will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, also at no charge. Preregistration is required by calling 877-CENTEGRA (236-8347). Light refreshments will be served.

Centegra Health System and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation partner year-round to raise awareness of the importance of early cancer detection. The Get Checked! Program provides information on lifestyle changes and guidelines for routine screenings that can make a big difference in one’s life.

The Gavers Cancer Resource Library is also featured in Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry and offers touch-screen computers, a library inventory of books, journals and booklets. Information in the library is available in English and Spanish.

Centegra Hospital – McHenry is recognized as having one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, all the Centegra Sage Cancer Center nurses are oncology certified.