2015-05-13 / Features

Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Free Screening

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Dennis Latos, Dr. David B. Samadi and Stavros Latos. 
Photos Jason D. Antos Dennis Latos, Dr. David B. Samadi and Stavros Latos. Photos Jason D. Antos The Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation held its first annual free PSA blood screening in a proactive effort to help men be aware of early detection.

Two hundred men came to Cavo in Astoria for the event on May 9 overseen by Dr. David B. Samadi, Chair of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Peter Latos was a prominent attorney in Astoria who, together with his brother, Andrew, operated the firm, Latos & Latos. Peter lost his battle with prostate cancer in 2013.

“Getting the PSA checked has a lot to do with the risk factors,” said Dr. Samadi. “It’s always good to know because early diagnosis leads to better outcomes and we can save lives,” said Samadi, who has done more than 6,000 robotic surgeries for prostate cancer.

According to Samadi, family history plays an important role, as well as age. He recommends getting a baseline PSA by age 40. There has been an increase of prostate cancer in young men between ages 40 to 55. The American Urological Association, however, is not recommending any PSA testing during that time period. Almost 15 percent of all new cases are within those age ranges.


The Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation held its first annual free PSA blood screening at Cavo in a proactive effort to help men be aware of early detection. The Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation held its first annual free PSA blood screening at Cavo in a proactive effort to help men be aware of early detection. “My big message is to always get your PSA checked because studies have shown again and again that the test can save lives,” said Samadi. “Always keep a record of your tests and know your family history.”

Robotic surgery for prostate cancer has been known to be successful in saving lives while preserving quality of life.

On Thursday, June 11, at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, LI, Dr. Samadi will be honored at the Second Annual Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala.



Dr. David B. Samadi, Chair of Department of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. David B. Samadi, Chair of Department of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital.

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