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Prostate Cancer News Release

August 21, 2015

Healthcare Partners Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screenings and More Saturday, Sept. 19

SYRACUSE, NY -- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, and is easily treated when caught early. But, with few early warning signs, the cancer often is diagnosed in its later stages, when treatment is more difficult and remission is not always possible. It’s for these reasons that Associated Medical Professionals of NY, PLLC (AMP), with support from ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and local healthcare partners, including Crouse Hospital, are offering free prostate cancer screenings and more on Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 – 11:00 a.m.

The event takes place at AMP Urology, 1226 E Water St.; free parking is available. Prostate cancer screening appointments for men are requested, and can be made with Jason Warchal by phone, 433-5645 or email, Additional screenings are available to adult men and women for colon cancer and heart health, and will be provided by the Onondaga County Cancer Services Program and the Crouse HeartCaring program, respectively. Also, the American Cancer Society will offer cancer prevention and smoking cessation education, as well as local health resources.

“In addition to helping men who are uninsured, underinsured or lack access to care, the event was scheduled during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week to heighten our community’s knowledge of this highly-curable disease,” says David Albala, MD, medical director of AMP and chief of urology at Crouse Hospital. “What many men do not realize is that prostate cancer caught early can most often be successfully treated. So, men should not avoid the topic. When it comes to your health, knowledge is power.”

Albala noted, that AMP providers recommend men have a baseline Prostate-Specific-Antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal digital examination test at age 40, then work with their physicians to determine what the appropriate interval is to repeat both tests. “These tests remain the safest routes to detecting prostate cancer in its earliest stages and take about ten minutes in total,” says Albala.

The colon cancer screenings being offered at the event are handled with a take home kit. The hearth health screenings include measuring blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels using a finger stick to obtain a small amount of blood. Participants do not need to fast, and will receive results in about 15 minutes.

“Our group of medical providers and health organizations is thoroughly committed to education and screening for awareness of prostate cancer and other importan health issues for the overall health and wellbeing of our community,” adds Albala.