The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby recently provided 29 free prostate cancer screenings to help encourage men to get checked for the disease and to increase men’s health awareness.
Participating physicians included Dr. Joseph Cardinale, of the Center for Cancer Care, and Joseph Camilleri, of Griffin Faculty Practice Urology, and resident physicians at Griffin Hospital. The event was sponsored by the Health Initiative for Men (HiM).
As a result of the screenings, two men were referred for further testing.
This is the third year Griffin and HiM has offered these free screenings to the community. Overall, 83 men have been screened and more than six men were referred for further testing.
“Being screened for prostate cancer is a critical part of men’s health,” said HiM Co-founder Judy Michaud. “Prostate cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in men, however it can be successfully treated if caught early. We hope the men who took part in this screening go home and encourage others to get tested.”
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men at 50 years old. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should be screened at age 45. Men at a very high risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years) should receive be tested at age 40.
About The Health Initiative for Men (HiM)
In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the Health Initiative for Men (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort. The goal of the HiM is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early. For more information about men’s health, including a “check-up list” for screenings, visit Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men website, griffinhealth.org/him.