Monday, January 07, 2019
by Patty Johnson • firstname.lastname@example.org
BJC | Men’s health is once again the focus of BJC Help for Your Health during January. Employees across BJC who commit to prostate health will be eligible for a drawing to win two St. Louis Blues tickets to the April 4 game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers at Enterprise Center.
Similar to the breast health awareness initiative offered each October, prostate health awareness in January at BJC encourages men to talk to their physician about what’s right for them and make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer during 2019. Employees also can commit to encourage a spouse, family member, friend or co-worker to talk to his physician about whether to have a prostate exam during 2019.
Employees can take the quiz and enter online or complete and submit a paper form, which can be downloaded here. The completed forms should be submitted by Feb. 1, 2019, for inclusion in the hospital or BJC drawing. Forms can be faxed, mailed, or scanned and emailed by Feb. 1 to:
BJC HealthCare/COH, MS 90-75-580
4901 Forest Park Ave., Suite 1240
St. Louis, MO, 63108
Fax: 314-747-8896 or 314-747-8893
One winner will be drawn from each hospital and one from the BJC service organizations (including BJC HealthCare, BJC Behavioral Health, BJC Home Care, BJC Corporate Health Services and BJC Medical Group). Winners will be notified and announced in BJC TODAY in late February. The official rules are available here.
Learn more about prostate cancer
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. men. The American Cancer Society estimates that there were about 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2018.
Although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men, behind only lung cancer, it often can be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.
The prostate, a gland that only men have, is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. As part of the reproductive system, it produces fluid that makes up part of the semen. The prostate is typically about the size of a walnut in young men and can be larger in older men.
Although all men are at risk for prostate cancer, some factors, like family history and race, increase the risk. Risk factors for prostate cancer include:
The exact cause of prostate cancer isn’t known, so it’s not possible to prevent most cases of the disease.
Prostate cancer (especially early prostate cancer) usually doesn’t cause symptoms, but some men experience:
These symptoms are similar to another non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate that can occur as a man ages. The prostate may get bigger and block the urethra or bladder, causing trouble urinating or sexual problems. Although it isn’t cancer, surgery may
Men with prostate cancer don’t always need to get treatment right away. Most men are diagnosed with prostate cancer when it’s still at an early stage — it’s small and hasn’t spread. There are many important factors to take into account before deciding on a treatment, such as age, general health and the likelihood that the cancer will cause problems. Some men, for example, choose to avoid possible surgery and possible radiation side effects, like incontinence or impotence, for as long as possible.
If the cancer is slow growing, men who are older or have other serious health problems might be inclined to consider active surveillance, instead of treatments that are likely to cause major side effects. Active surveillance means monitoring the cancer closely with regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests, digital rectal exams (DREs), and ultrasounds to see if the cancer is growing. Prostate biopsies may be done, too. If there’s a change in the test results, the doctor would then discuss treatment options.
Sources: siteman.wustl.edu, cancer.org
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