A huge turnout of 96 men were screened at RiverView Health’s recent, free prostate screening clinic in Crookston. Of those, 10 patients required follow-up afterward.“The fact that 10 men needed additional testing validates the importance of investing and hosting this event, and the critical need for men to be screened,’’ said RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men.
The screening was made possible through the RiverView Foundation, Dr. Bill Noyes, a radiation oncologist at the North Dakota Cancer Center who volunteered for the event and funded half of the lab test costs through the Hope Foundation of North Dakota. Dr. Noyes is the president of the Hope Foundation.
“Approximately 1 in 10 men will have some form of prostate abnormality during their life,’’ reported Dr. Noyes. “Cancer screening events are a great way to raise awareness and the positive effects of screening. We will be involved in several other prostate screening events later this year…Hope Foundation has been very helpful to patients and their families during a time that they should not have to worry about financial constraints.’’
The Hope Foundation of North Dakota was established in 2007as a non-profit organization charged with the mission of helping cancer patients in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. It was founded by the Cancer Center of North Dakota to serve the people of the region who are facing cancer or have cancer concerns. The program and services can be accessed by anyone, regardless of where treatment is being given.