St. Francis Offers Free Men's Health Event



TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's St. Francis Health Center is teaming up with the NFL and the American Urological Association to help men score points for their health.

St. Francis hosts the "Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer" from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Francis Sports Medicine, 800 SW Fairlawn Rd. The free program is part of a national public awareness effort to promote the American Urological Association’s prostate cancer screening guidelines. Those guidelines encourage all men aged 40 and older to get a baseline PSA test and talk with their doctor about prostate health.

Stephen Coon, M.D., Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and Brad Rupp, M.D., Rupp Urology, will discuss the importance of prostate health, the impact of prostate cancer on American men and the range of available treatment options. In addition, a portable da Vinci surgical robot will be on display and available for demonstrations. A tailgate-style lunch will be provided by Hy-Vee and St. Francis Health Center.

All men who receive a PSA test will be entered into a drawing for an iPad2, and all women who bring them in will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a spa.

One in every six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, and African American men are more likely to die from the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, 2,054 men in Kansas were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, the most recent year data is available.

Details on the "Know Your Stats" program:
Led by Pro Football Hall of Fame player and prostate cancer survivor Mike Haynes, Know Your Stats is a national prostate cancer awareness campaign from the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation and the National Football League (NFL). Now in its third year, the campaign is bringing the message to fans across the country and to communities and hospitals, such as St. Francis Health Center, educating men and their loved ones about the importance of prostate health. Intuitive Surgical® proudly supports this community education program.

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