2006-09-13 / Community Calendar

EHC Offers Prostate Cancer Screenings

Elmhurst Hospital Center will open its doors to the community, providing men with prostate cancer screenings in recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Medical Center, located at 80th Street and 41st Avenue in Elmhurst.

Every year, approximately 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 32,000 of them die from the disease each year. In New York City, Queens ranks second with the highest number of newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases.

"There is an excellent survival rate for men who are diagnosed at an early stage for prostate cancer," Elmhurst Hospital Center Executive Director Chris Constantino said. "Our goal as a healthcare organization, and at this event, is to educate the public about the importance of early detection. If diagnosed early enough, men can be treated and cured from the disease. By encouraging men to be screened and providing them with educational literature, Elmhurst Hospital Center has the ability to play a major role in saving many lives."

Men who attend the event will be given a blood screening test and will be notified within one week of the results of the test. If desired, follow-up care will be provided at Elmhurst Hospital Center at a later date.

Men and their families will also receive free literature about prostate cancer and have the opportunity to speak with Elmhurst Hospital Center providers about the disease.

In addition to education, Elmhurst Hospital Center is also committed to enhancing the services it offers to the community. Elmhurst Hospital Center was the first public hospital in all New York to perform laparoscopic robotic surgery and remains the only institution in Queens to perform radical prostatectomies with the daVinci robot. With this technology, Elmhurst providers can perform surgery that is less invasive and safer for patients.

Elmhurst Hospital Center is affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is a member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

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