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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • RiverView will offer free prostate screening June 10

  • Unsure of what to get dad for Father’s Day? How about an appointment that could save his life – for free? In honor of Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week (June 9-15), RiverView Health will once again hold its Father’s Day Prostate Awareness and Free Screening Program for men in the area. The scree...
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  •     Unsure of what to get dad for Father’s Day? How about an appointment that could save his life – for free? In honor of Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week (June 9-15), RiverView Health will once again hold its Father’s Day Prostate Awareness and Free Screening Program for men in the area. The screening will be held on Tuesday, June 10th from 4 pm – 7 pm in RiverView’s North Clinic, Crookston.   
        Last year’s inaugural clinic saw a huge turnout of nearly 100 men, some coming from as far away as Roseau and Canada. Of those, 10 patients required follow-up after the screening.   
        “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. “It’s sobering to realize that 10 men received feedback and undesired test results. But I am confident that these 10 patients are extremely grateful that we offered these screenings. With our positive influence, they became aware of their health conditions and will be able to deal with them in a timely proactive manner.’’
    The earlier the better   
        Popular KROX radio personality Raymond Lee understands the importance of screenings first-hand.   
        He turned 50 last year, at which time his general practitioner suggested he see RiverView Gastroenterologist Dr. Mirza Baig for a colonoscopy. As a result, three pre-cancerous polyps were removed and Ray was diagnosed with diverticulosis and an enlarged prostate. The surprise findings were enough to make Ray want to share the importance of screenings with others.   
        “You may think you’re healthy, but screenings may tell you otherwise,’’ he stated. “I strongly encourage men my age have an examination. I am a big supporter of RiverView’s upcoming free screening for men.’’   
        Ray even went as far as sitting on the other side of the KROX Valley Talk microphone so Bruun and Foundation Board Chair Kurt Heldstad could interview him about his screening experience. He stressed the importance of being healthy for his family, and that early detection means early treatment and the ability to live a longer, healthier life.
    Team effort   
        The free screening clinic is made possible through RiverView’s Foundation, North Clinic, Urologist Dr. Steven Schultz, and Dr. William Noyes, a radiation oncologist at the North Dakota Cancer Center. Dr. Noyes will once again volunteer his time for the clinic and fund half of the lab test costs through the Hope Foundation of North Dakota, a non-profit charged with the mission of helping cancer patients in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. Dr. Noyes is the president of the Hope Foundation.
    Page 2 of 2 -     “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 of cancer and the positive effects of screening.’’   
        After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men.
     
    General facts about prostate cancer   
        The prostate is a male sex gland about the size of a walnut and is located below the bladder. Prostate cancer develops from the cells of the prostate gland.   
        Not all prostate cancers are the same. Many grow slowly and do not cause any harm. Others grow quickly and cause serious health problems or death.   
        Prostate cancer is slow growing in the majority of men who have it. Most men will die with prostate cancer rather than from prostate cancer.   
        Men who have prostate cancer can remain symptomless for years, and most cases of early prostate cancer cause no symptoms. However, prostate cancer can cause some symptoms. Men should talk with their doctors if they:   
        • Urinate frequently or can’t urinate
        • Have trouble starting or holding back urination
        • Have a weak or interrupted urine flow
        • Feel frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs    
        These symptoms could also be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.
    Prostate Cancer Testing   
        Men age 50 and older should discuss the uncertainties and possible risks and benefits of prostate cancer testing with their health care providers and decide whether testing is right for them.   
        Men at higher risk, such as African Americans or men who have a history of prostate cancer in close family members, should have this discussion at age 45.
    Men with several family members affected at a young age should have this discussion at age 40.    
        Appointments for the June 10 screenings are recommended, but drop-ins will also be accepted. Those with appointments will be given priority. To make an appointment, call 218-281-9595.

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