Bring a Friend:” Organizers Look to Increase Number Served by Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
New Brunswick – “Bring a friend.” That’s the message organizers of an annual prostate cancer screening event held in New Brunswick are promoting this year in an effort to increase the number of men who are checked. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and its Flagship Hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital once again are teaming up to provide the screenings September 27 through 29, during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. 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. That is why CINJ and RWJUH join forces to educate men and their families about this disease through the annual screening, which is now in its twelfth year.
Some 1,700 men have been checked over the past four years alone. They receive a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, as well as prostate-specific literature, and have the opportunity to speak to a urologic oncologist from the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at CINJ. Spanish-speaking assistants also are on hand.
“Because this event has long attracted the support of local clergy and community leaders, we have been fortunate to see pairs and groups of men come together, because they know each other from church or a social organization,” said Mariam Merced, director of RWJUH’s Community Health Promotion Program. “While we encourage these men to return, we hope that they will bring a new participant with them so that we can continue to spread the importance of good prostate health.”
“Bringing a friend accomplishes a couple of things,” said Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD, chief, Section of Urologic Oncology at CINJ, and associate professor of surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “Not only does it allow us to provide a beneficial health service to another individual, but it also allows a level of comfort for the participant in having someone they know go through the experience as well.”
Registration is now open for the screenings, which run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each evening at CINJ (195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick) and are open to all men 40 and older. Limited free parking will be available. While the screenings are free, an appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 732-247-2050.
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.
The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides a mechanism to rapidly disseminate important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, Cooper University Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Robert Wood Johnson is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. RWJUH is the first hospital in the nation to implant the AbioCor self-contained artificial heart since the device received FDA approval in 2006. RWJUH is one of only three sites in the nation approved to offer this groundbreaking technology. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). The hospital is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. The hospital has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for heart and heart surgery (No. 36), cancer (No. 40) respiratory disorders (No. 50), according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 ranking of “America’s Best Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence for more than 10 consecutive years. Visit us online at www.rwjuh.edu.