Free Prostate Cancer Screening at Miller Park on Monday
On Monday, May 12, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin will be offering free prostate cancer screenings at Miller Park from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
No appointment is necessary. Exams will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 250 men who complete the screening will receive a voucher good for two tickets to a future Milwaukee Brewers home game.
The free, private screenings for men between the ages of 40 and 70 will be provided in two mobile clinic vehicles in the stadium parking lot, near the Home Plate Gate entrance at the northwest corner of the ballpark.
Exams will be performed by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians and other clinical experts. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes; wait times will depend on demand. Fasting is not necessary. Men should eat before arriving and stay well-hydrated.
The exam involves a blood test to measure the amount of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, in the blood and a physical examination of the prostate gland. The PSA test is the most widely available test to identify changes in the prostate that may indicate disease. Results will be mailed within four weeks and are confidential.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America; one in six American men will be diagnosed with it.
More than two million American men and their families are currently living with prostate cancer. An estimated 230,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and nearly 30,000 American men are projected to die from prostate cancer this year.
Prostate cancer affected my family when my dad was diagnosed with the disease in 2007 at age 59. He had surgery in early 2008 to remove his prostate. It was a scary time for our family, but last summer, after five years, his PSA test came back zero. He is now cancer-free and officially cured.
He is also a strong proponent of getting screened.
In a Facebook update post to family and friends, he said, “The PSA test saved my life, it’s just that simple. The skilled doctors and nurses also can be considered saviors as well….I feel I am living proof that a little blood test can save one’s life. Get checked out and do it every year as part of an annual physical.”
Because there are risks and benefits associated with prostate cancer screening, men are encouraged to talk with their physicians about whether and when screening is appropriate. Prostate cancer screening is not recommended for men younger than age 55, unless they are African-American, or have risk factors such as a family history of prostate cancer.
Monday’s event is presented by: Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, Fox 6, the Milwaukee Brewers, ZERO-Prostate Cancer Testing and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation.