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Protect Your Prostate: Get the Facts

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man with his doctor.jpgBy Laura Nathan-Garner, MD Anderson Staff Writer

You probably know prostate health is important. After all, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men (skin cancer excluded) and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men.

But what's the best way to protect your prostate? If you've read recent headlines, you might be confused.

One day, we hear that PSA screening is the best way to catch the disease early, and then we hear that PSA screening isn't always effective. And, we hear conflicting information about whether it's actually beneficial to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.

MD Anderson prostate experts are ready to clear up the confusion. On Saturday, Sept. 10, MD Anderson is hosting its fourth annual Prostate Health Conference in Houston and you're invited to this free event.

"By taking the time to learn about screening guidelines and treatment options, men can make more informed decisions about preventing and treating this disease," says John Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Urology at MD Anderson and organizer of Prostate Health Conference 2011. "This will help men get the best care possible."

Check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by the program and a Q&A session. During the event, attendees learn:

  • What current prostate cancer screening guidelines mean for them
  • How online educational tools can help men prepare for prostate cancer screening
  • The pros and cons of current prostate cancer treatment options
Davis and other men's health experts from MD Anderson will answer attendees' questions during the presentation. "We hope to address some of the more common concerns men have about prostate health," Davis says.

To learn more about Prostate Health Conference 2011, visit www.mdanderson.org/prostate-health.

Can't make it to the event? Don't worry. We're recording the event and will share the videos with you right here on Cancerwise later this fall. In the meantime, check out the videos of last year's Prostate Health Conference.

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