News Release

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and its Network Hospitals Join Forces Statewide to Raise Awareness of Prostate Cancer Education and Screening Events Held During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September

August 31, 2011


New Brunswick, N.J. – During September, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and its Network hospitals are making a special effort to mark Prostate Awareness Month. They are reaching and educating as many men as possible about one of the more common types of cancer that affect them, and teaming up to provide prostate screenings and education across the state. CINJ is a Center of Excellence at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer according to the American Cancer Society. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men other than skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. It is estimated that approximately 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States this year, with African-American men being at a higher risk. In New Jersey alone, 7,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year. That is why CINJ and its Network hospitals are joining forces to educate men and their families about this disease.

Molly Gabel, MD, director of the CINJ Network, and associate professor of radiation oncology at UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says the CINJ Network has a unique opportunity to educate the greater community. "Every September, the members of the CINJ Network work collaboratively to offer screening and education events throughout the state. It is through these efforts that we as a collective will be able to reach and teach more New Jersey men about their prostate health and to have a positive and potentially life-saving impact," she said.

CINJ and its Flagship Hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick will be hosting their annual prostate-screening event September 19, 20, and 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each evening at CINJ (195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick). A team of experts including board-certified urologists from the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at CINJ will conduct the screenings, which will include a digital rectal exam and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The screenings are open to all men 40 and older. Limited free parking will be available. While the screenings are free, registration is required and can be done by calling 888-637-9584.

Other CINJ Network Prostate Cancer Awareness Events:

CentraState Healthcare System (Freehold)
Tuesday, September 27, from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., at the Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center at CentraState (901 West Main Street, Freehold). CentraState is offering a lecture by a physician on both prostate and colorectal cancers, followed by prostate and colorectal cancer screenings for men 40 and older until 8:00 p.m. The free event is designed to assist men and their families in making educated decisions regarding prevention, detection and treatment. Registration is required and can be done by calling 732-308-0570 or by visiting www.centrastate.com/healthprograms.

Mountainside Hospital (Montclair)
Friday, September 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Caldwell Public Library (268 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell). Mountainside Hospital is offering an informational event for men in recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Konstantin Walmsley, MD, a board-certified urologist, will discuss “Urological Health for Men.” Registration is required and can be done by calling 973-403-0972.

Somerset Medical Center (Somerville)
Wednesday, September 14, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Somerset Family Practice (110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville). The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings as part of a research study being conducted by the Prostate Cancer Education Council. Board-certified urologists from the Prostate Cancer Institute at The Steeplechase Cancer Center will provide digital rectal exams and PSA blood tests for men 40 and older who have no personal history of prostate cancer. Registration is required and can be done by calling Somerset Medical Center’s Community Health Department at 908-685-2814.

University Medical Center at Princeton (Princeton)
Thursday, September 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the University Medical Center at Princeton, (253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton). The University Medical Center at Princeton will offer free prostate cancer screenings to men 40 and over. The screening process includes a digital rectal exam by a board certified urologist, as well as the PSA blood test. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 888-897-8979.

Wednesday, September 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Community Education and Outreach site (731 Alexander Road, Suite 103, Princeton). The University Medical Center at Princeton is offering a free prostate cancer support group for those with prostate cancer, their loved ones and family members. Meetings take place the fourth Wednesday of the month. The meeting format alternates each month between lectures by Princeton HealthCare System physicians and health professionals and open discussion. Programs are facilitated by Lois Glasser, LCSW, an oncology social worker from CancerCare of New Jersey and Princeton HealthCare System. Additional information is available by calling 888-897-8979.


About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org) is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ's physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit www.cinjfoundation.org. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCINJ.

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate

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Michele Fisher
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732-235-9872