News/Talk 750 WSB has always been committed to providing strong community support
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 26, 2009
Metro Atlanta men will have an additional opportunity to receive a free and potentially life-saving prostate cancer screening through The Prostate Proactivity Campaign, an educational outreach effort of Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia and News/Talk 750 WSB. The campaign has been extended to include a screening event Saturday, February 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kroger located at 540 Lakeland Plaza in Cumming.
During the Prostate Proactivity screening, representatives from RCOG will be on hand to provide information about prostate health, prostate cancer treatment options and prostate cancer individual cure rates. The Take Control of Your Prostate pamphlet will also be available.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, and one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime. However, with early detection and proper treatment the cure rate is nearly 100 percent.
"Prostate cancer can be cured if properly treated. And the earlier the diagnosis, the better the long-term chance of cure. This is why it is worth being knowledgeable about and tested regularly for this disease. Keep in mind that prostate cancer is typically slow growing, so men who are diagnosed have the time to learn about the treatment methods that lead to cure," said Dr. Frank Critz, medical director and director of prostate cancer research at RCOG.
Prostate cancer is detected through a simple blood test known as a PSA test, which determines the level of prostate-specific antigen in the body. Men 50 years of age and older should be screened annually for prostate cancer. African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer need to begin testing at 40 years of age because they are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
"News/Talk 750 WSB has always been committed to providing strong community support," said Dan Kearney, vice president and general manager of News/Talk 750 WSB. "We are happy to bring another free prostate cancer screening to the Atlanta community to improve survival rates through early detection and awareness of treatment options."
The Third Annual Prostate Proactivity Campaign kicked off January 2009 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a prostate cancer screening at South Dekalb Mall in Decatur. Six additional screenings were held throughout the metro Atlanta area prior to the additional screening scheduled for Saturday, February 28.
About Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia:
Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia is a Center of Excellence for prostate cancer treatment and research. Each year hundreds of men travel to receive prostate cancer treatment in Atlanta, Georgia from RCOG. RCOG is one of the oldest prostate seed implant programs in the world. The first prostate implant for prostate cancer at RCOG was performed in 1977, and the first patient was treated with the combination therapy now called ProstRcision in 1979. Dr. Frank Critz, founder and medical director of RCOG, developed the ProstRcision procedure and has treated more than 8,000 patients with the disease in the past 25 years. RCOG is the only source for ProstRcision, in which two forms of radiation therapy are used to destroy the prostate gland. To date, nearly 12,000 men have received treatment with ProstRcision at RCOG's seven Metro Atlanta clinics. To learn more, please visit rcog.com.