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Community leaders remind men about PSA screenings

Community leaders remind men about PSA screenings

By Jennifer Piedra….

Four leaders in the South Miami-Dade community recently turned to Jackson South Community Hospital for help in protecting their health.

Four leaders in the South Miami-Dade community recently turned to Jackson South Community Hospital for help in protecting their health.

Jackson South Community Advisory Council member Peter England, Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin, Palmetto Bay Councilmember Howard Tendrich and local business owner James Thomas had Prostate Screening Antigen (PSA) tests done at Jackson South, where the screenings were being offered for free in June to observe Men’s Health Month. They continue through July.

Tendrich knows the importance of the test and is awaiting the results, which he was to receive by mail within a week.

“Prostate cancer runs in my family, so it’s a very important test that I need to do annually,” he said.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men and it also is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 186,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States last year, and more than 28,000 men died of the disease.

Prostate cancer can affect men of any age, but it is most common in men over 50. Eight out of 10 men who suffer from prostate cancer are over the age of 65. African-American men are at a higher risk, as are those with a family history of the disease. Men who eat a high-fat diet or who are obese also may have increased chances of getting prostate cancer.

With these alarming statistics, it is important for men and their families to be aware of the disease, and understand their risk and what they can do to lower their chances of facing prostate cancer.

The Jackson South Urology Center of Excellence is committed to keeping the men in the community cancer-free.

For more information on the Urology Center of Excellence, or to make an appointment with its medical director, Sanjay Razdan, MD, MCh, who is a global leader in robotic prostate surgery, visit www.jacksonsouth.org or call 305-256-5119.

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