Uniting in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer: Complimentary PSA Screening for First 200 Men

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Dr. David Samadi and the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation are uniting in the fight against prostate cancer with a free PSA screening event on May 9, Cavo Lounge, Astoria from 9-11am.

Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgeon, Dr. David Samadi and Peter Latos in 2010 after Peter's robotic prostatectomy.

Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgeon, Dr. David Samadi and Peter Latos in 2010 after Peter's robotic prostatectomy.

“Peter was an incredible fighter and never gave up, even until his last day. He always hoped his story would encourage young men to educate themselves and know their individual risk factors when it comes to prostate cancer." – Dr. David Samadi.

Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. David Samadi, in collaboration with the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation will be holding a complimentary PSA screening event, Saturday May 9 from 9-11am at the Cavo Lounge, Astoria. The Foundation will pay for the first 200 men to sign up. Men can register by calling Dr. Samadi’s office at 212.365.5000.

The event is in honor of the late Peter Latos, who passed away from prostate cancer in May 2013 at the age of 48. Peter was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in November 2009.

“Peter was very young and prostate cancer tends to be more aggressive in young men. His story should encourage all men to understand their individual risk factors like family history and to get a baseline PSA at the age of 40. Knowledge is power,” stressed Dr. Samadi.

Peter came to Dr. Samadi after being diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and worked to fight the disease through many treatment options including robotic prostate surgery to remove the prostate. After the surgery, it was indicated that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes, proving even further how aggressive his cancer was. Only surgery can give an accurate staging of this cancer.

“Peter was an incredible fighter and never gave up, even until his last day. He always hoped his story would encourage young men to educate themselves and know their individual risk factors when it comes to prostate cancer,” explained Dr. Samadi.

In spite of the guidelines, Dr. Samadi recommends men get a baseline PSA at the age of 40 and to know their risk factors. Peter actually discovered this cancer through a routine physical with his cardiologist, who suggested a PSA blood test, which the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force doesn’t recommend until men reach the age of 55.

“Peter always said, ‘Check your PSA…it’s only one simple blood test.’ Men should take this very seriously. The early detection of prostate cancer is critical,” said Dr. Samadi.

Before his passing, Peter wanted men to know the importance of the PSA test and to understand their risk for prostate cancer. “It’s very important that you ask your doctor to have your PSA levels checked the minute you turn 40. If your doctor refuses or tells you you’re too young to have a PSA test, leave that doctor and seek another one right away.”

ABOUT DR. DAVID B. SAMADI
Dr. Samadi is a board certified urologic oncologist trained in open and traditional and laparoscopic surgery and is an expert in robotic prostate surgery. He is Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is also part of the Fox News Medical A Team as a medical correspondent and the Chief Medical Correspondent for am970 in New York City. He has dedicated his distinguished career to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and is considered one of the most prominent surgeons in his field. Learn more at roboticoncology.com. Visit Dr. Samadi’s blog at SamadiMD.com.

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