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Loma Linda University Medical Center Offers Tips to Help Men Understand and Prevent Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 General News J E 4
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LOMA LINDA, Calif., Sept. 15 With an estimated one in sixmen being diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, Loma LindaUniversity Medical Center (LLUMC), the nation's first hospital to utilizeproton beam therapy for prostate cancer treatment, is urging men to getinformed and take the appropriate steps to get screened regularly for prostatecancer if they are over 40 or in a high-risk group.

"The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that in 2008 more than186,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 28,600 willdie from this disease," said Mark Reeves, M.D., Ph.D., director of the LomaLinda University Cancer Center. "Here in San Bernardino County, approximately150 of 100,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to theNCI's regional profile. But, with early screening and detection, prostatecancer is nearly 100 percent survivable."

HOW TO GET SCREENED

Prostate cancer screening takes about 10 minutes and includes a prostatespecific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE) by anurologist. LLUMC recommends yearly screening for all men over 40. However, forthose in high-risk categories, including African-Americans, who have a greateroccurrence rate than other populations, or men who have a family history ofthe disease, annual screenings should begin at age 35. LLUMC is takingtelephone appointments for screenings at 1-800-78-CANCER. The call center willput callers in touch with the urology clinic to set up an appointment.

TYPES OF TREATMENTS

The survival rate for men diagnosed early with prostate cancer hasincreased dramatically over the last two decades, due to earlier detection,advanced detection capabilities and an expanding range of new therapies. Themajor treatment options for prostate cancer include radiation therapy,surgery, a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, alternative therapies, andwatchful waiting. The choice of a treatment option may depend upon a patient'sage, the stage of the disease, the advice of a physician, and quality-of-lifeissues resulting from the side effects of certain treatments. Patients shoulddiscuss all of the treatment options with their physician, and also do theirown research into newly available techniques. The James M. Slater, M.D.,Proton Treatment and Research Center at Loma Linda University Medical Centeris one of the nation's largest and most advanced centers for the treatment ofprostate cancer. For more information about prostate cancer treatment, visithttp://www.protons.com.

About the James M. Slater, M.D., Proton Treatment and Research Center, andLoma Linda University Medical Center

The James M. Slater, M.D., Proton Treatment and Research Center at LomaLinda University Medical Center was the first hospital-based proton therapyfacility in the world. Established in 1990, it was the only facility of itskind in the United States until 2003. Loma Linda University Medical Center, aSeventh-Day Adventist institution, is among the largest private medicaleducational centers in the United States and the only one in inland SouthernCalifornia. The Medical Center is also the only Level 1 Regional Trauma forfour inland Southern California counties. Since its beginning in 1905, LomaLinda University Medical Center has been serving the worldwide community andis the international leader in infant heart transplantation and protonradiation therapy for cancer. The Medical Center, along with the Loma LindaUniversity Medical Center East Campus and Loma Linda University BehavioralMedical Center, has nearly 900 patient beds and serves over 33,000 inpatientsand 650,000 outpatients annually. Loma Linda University Medical Center hassome of the leading clinical programs in the United States includingoutpatient surgery and neonatal care. It is licensed for 72 neonatal intensivecare beds and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in
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