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Prostate cancer open house set for Sept. 19

The Record-Eagle - 9/12/2018

Sept. 12--TRAVERSE CITY -- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's also one of the most curable -- if detected early.

Munson Medical Center's Cowell Family Cancer Center will host a prostate cancer open house on Sept. 19. Screening and treatment of prostate cancer will be among the subjects scheduled for discussion at the 4:30-7:30 p.m. event at the Cowell Center at 217 S. Madison St.

September is prostate cancer awareness month.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is behind only skin cancer in numbers of affected men in the United States.

The American Cancer Society reports that about one man in nine will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The average age of diagnosis is about 66.

According to a release from Munson Healthcare, "approximately 90 percent of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, so the cure rate is very high," said Kathy Laraia, executive director of oncology services at Munson.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center's team of medical and radiation oncologists, urologists and nurse navigators will answer questions and talk about treatments at the open house. Mark Watkins, chief meteorologist at TV 7&4, will discuss his own prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Scheduled displays at the open house include the da Vinci Surgical System, SpaceOAR Hydrogel, brachytherapy and radiation therapy.

More information about cancer-related services at Munson Healthcare is available at www.munsonhealthcare.org/cancer.

NOTE: An item on registration was removed because of incorrect information provided to the Record-Eagle.

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