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BJC Employees: Commit to Prostate Health Awareness in January

And you could win two tickets to a St. Louis Blues hockey game.

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Learn More About Prostate Cancer
More than 2.5 million men in the United States count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. Even so, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer. In 2012, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 241,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States, with just over 28,000 deaths from the disease that year.

Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after 50. Almost two out of three prostate cancers are found in men older than 65.

Although the exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, the American Cancer Society points to studies suggesting that men who are overweight may have a slightly lower risk of prostate cancer overall, but a higher risk of prostate cancers that are likely to be fatal. Studies also have found that men who exercise regularly have a slightly lower risk of prostate cancer. Other studies have suggested that diets high in certain vegetables -- such as tomatoes; cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower; and soy, beans and other legumes -- or high in fish may be linked with a lower risk of prostate cancer, especially more advanced cancers.

Early prostate cancer many times causes no symptoms. However, the cancer often can be found early by checking the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood and by having a doctor perform a digital rectal exam. In 2011, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation to end routine PSA testing for healthy men 50 and older -- citing unnecessary treatments and side effects -- spurred much discussion on the topic.

Men thinking about prostate cancer screening should make informed decisions based on available information, discussion with their doctor, and their own views on the benefits and side effects of screening and treatment. Age and health are factors to consider, as is race.

Patients with a strong family history of prostate cancer and African-American males are at an increased risk of developing the disease and should have the discussion of PSA screening with their primary care physicians starting at age 40. 
 
BJC encourages men to talk to their physician about what's right for them and make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer during 2013. Employees also can commit to encourage a spouse, family member, friend or co-worker to talk to his physician about whether to have a prostate exam.

Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines
Screening tests:

  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
  • Digital rectal examination

Frequency: annually

Recommended age:

  • 50 for healthy men
  • 45 for men at high risk
    -- African-American men
    -- Men with a family history of relatives diagnosed before 65
  • 40 for men at even higher risk
    -- Men with multiple first-degree relatives (father, brothers) diagnosed before 65

2014 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
Becky Chester, Alton Memorial Hospital
Bill Bergholtz, BJC HealthCare
Kevin Rich, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Steve Liford, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Angie Carter, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Mathew Andes, Boone Hospital Center
Richard Graham, Christian Hospital
Jan Heaton, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Joseph Zulpo, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Jeffery Newson, Parkland Health Center
Joseph Wunderlich, Progress West Hospital
Michael Kenyon, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

2013 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
Susan Means, Alton Memorial Hospital
Thomas Schaltenbrand, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jeff Dunkle, BJC HealthCare
Stephanie Kelly, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Jim Hubert, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Mike Devine, Boone Hospital Center
Eric Watson, Christian Hospital
Jim Cowger, Clay County Hospital
Kelley Kostich, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
David Hartwick, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Cliff Charboneau, Parkland Health Center
Zachary Herman, Progress West HealthCare Center
Glenn Fujimoto,t. Louis Children's Hospital

2012 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
Susan Sidener, Alton Memorial Hospital
Stephanie Fitzgerald, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Melissa Sasse, BJC HealthCare
Kristi Matschiner, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Lynex Owens, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Michael Smith, Boone Hospital Center
Patrick Mangner, Christian Hospital
Kelli Everette, Clay County Hospital
Ryan Stumpf, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Teresa Hickey, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Thomas Simmons, Parkland Health Center
Susan Bizelli, Progress West HealthCare Center
Calvin Kennedy, St. Louis Children's Hospital

2011 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
Jeanne Truckey, Alton Memorial Hospital
Megan Miller, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Christine Walsh, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
June McCartney, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Lisa Hardimon, BJC HealthCare
Alan Tiggemann, Boone Hospital Center
Darryl Logsdon, Christian Hospital
Tina Canada, Clay County Hospital
Gerald (Jerry) Keller, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Diane Terry, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Chris May, Parkland Health Center
Mary Stankovich, Progress West HealthCare Center
David Hawse, St. Louis Children's Hospital

2010 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
Timothy Nienhaus, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Wes Jansson, Christian Hospital
Bobbie Kambouris, Clay County Hospital
Josh Stauf, BJC HealthCare -- BJC Medical Group
Melissa Doles, Alton Memorial Hospital
Regina Stiegemeier, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Elissa Mosher, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Robin Bell, Boone Hospital Center
Shawn Barks, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Kimberly Walker, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Bill Pinkley, Parkland Health Center
Darla Allen, Progress West HealthCare Center
Bennie Bogan, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

2009 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
David Watkins, Barnes Jewish Hospital
Jim Thull, Christian Hospital
Jeff Young, Clay County Hospital
Joshua Stauf, BJC HealthCare -- BJC Medical Group
Bobbi Abbott, Alton Memorial Hospital
Rebecca Kindler, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Dena Minard, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Brian Winn, Boone Hospital Center
Joseph Morrissey, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Christina Schatz, Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Chris May, Parkland Health Center
Jane Ruhland, Progress West HealthCare Center
Davina Hyatt, St. Louis Children's Hospital

2008 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
Keith Howard, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Randy Cheatham, Christian Hospital
Jeffrey Young, Clay County Hospital
Judi O'Hearn, BJC HealthCare -- BJC Home Care Services 
Roberta Donelson, Alton Memorial Hospital
Terri Seifert, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Keith Sanders, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Elton Rodgers, Boone Hospital Center
Dave Beckley, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Joann Bell, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Scott Wegleitner, Parkland Health Center
Janine Kampelman, Progress West HealthCare Center
Paul Jenkins, St. Louis Children's Hospital

2007 St. Louis Blues tickets winners:
David Watkins, Barnes Jewish Hospital
Jim Thull, Christian Hospital
Jeff Young, Clay County Hospital
Joshua Stauf, BJC HealthCare -- Medical Group
Bobbi Abbott, Alton Memorial Hospital
Rebecca Kindler, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Dena Minard, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Brian Winn, Boone Hospital Center
Joseph Morrissey, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Christina Schatz, Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Chris May, Parkland Health Center
Jane Ruhland, Progress West HealthCare Center
Davina Hyatt, St. Louis Children's Hospital

 
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