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th_womannewsFree Prostate Cancer Screenings Scheduled for Sept. 13
Have Been Postponed


The Woodlands, TX – Free prostate cancer screenings originally scheduled for Saturday, September 13 at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital have been cancelled due to Hurricane Ike. The screenings will be rescheduled for some time later this fall.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer. But if the cancer is caught early, nearly 100% survive. Early prostate cancer has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important. The purpose of screening for prostate cancer is to detect the cancer at its earliest stages, before any symptoms have developed, when it is easier to treat and is more likely to be curable.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men age 50 and older have annual screenings. Men at high risk, such as African American men and men with a strong family history of one or more first-degree relatives diagnosed at an early age, should begin testing at age 45.

The screening takes about 15 minutes and involves two tests: the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, and the digital rectal exam (DRE).

Those who are interested in registering for the one of these free screenings should call (800) 872-9355 to make a reservation as space is limited.

The urologists attending the screenings will also provide a demonstration of the state-of-the-art robotic da Vinci® Surgical System. The system can be beneficial to patients as this enhanced platform for minimally-invasive surgery, such as a prostatectomy, may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, faster recovery, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Using the da Vinci® Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17200 St. Luke’s Way in The Woodlands, at the southwest corner of SH 242 and I-45.  For more information, please call (936) 266-2000.

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System Corporation is composed of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved; KS Management Services, LLC, overseeing 18 area clinic locations; St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System Foundation; St. Luke’s Episcopal Properties Corporation; SLEHS Holdings, Inc.; and, St. Luke’s Community Development Corporation. St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital is under construction, scheduled to open in 2008, and St. Luke’s Clear Lake Hospital is scheduled to open in 2010. Plans are underway for St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital in The Woodlands. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart® Institute, which was founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. Affiliated with several nursing schools and two medical schools, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, and twice has been honored with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades, a leading independent company that measures healthcare quality in hospitals. The Health System has been recognized by FORTUNE as among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and by the Houston Business Journal as a top employer in Houston.

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