Monday, March 04, 2019
by Patty Johnson • email@example.com
BJC | Thirteen BJC employees recently won two St. Louis Blues tickets to the April 4 game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers at Enterprise Center, thanks to the BJC Help for Your Health prostate health awareness initiative.
Similar to the breast health awareness initiative offered each October, prostate health awareness in January at BJC encouraged 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 could 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.
The BJC Help for Your Health prostate health awareness initiative also included a quiz that employees needed to complete; see the answers below. One winner was drawn from each hospital and one from BJC corporate departments and service organizations combined, including BJC HealthCare, BJC Behavioral Health, BJC Home Care Services, BJC Corporate Health Services and BJC Medical Group.
From a total of 138 entries, the lucky winners are:
Answers to BJC Help for Your Health prostate health quiz
The BJC Help for Your Health prostate health awareness initiative included a quiz that employees needed to complete. Following are the answers to the quiz:
Q: The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. True or false?
A: True. The prostate, a gland that only men have, is located just below the bladder (the organ that collects and empties urine) and in front of the rectum (the lower part of the bowel). 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.
Q: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men, behind only lung cancer. True or false?
A: True. 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 are still alive today.
Q: Usually there are no symptoms of prostate cancer. True or false?
A: True. 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 be needed.
Q: Age, race and family history of prostate cancer can affect the risk of developing prostate cancer. True or false?
A: True. 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:
Q: Men with prostate cancer need to get treatment right away. True or false?
A: False. 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 side effects of surgery and radiation, 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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