Bayhealth Pedals Away Prostate Cancer

Released by Bayhealth Medical Center

Help pedal away prostate cancer. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, Bayhealth Medical Center is supporting a special event to raise awareness about the importance of screenings for the early detection of prostate cancer.

Pedal Away Prostate Cancer is a 25-mile bicycle race which begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Eden Hill Medical Center, 200 Banning Street in Dover. Pedal Away Prostate Cancer is open to both competitive and non-competitive cyclists with trophies awarded to top finishers in various categories. Following the race, cyclists, their family members and the general public are welcome to attend a Men’s Health Fair, which will be held at Eden Hill from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Men’s Health Fair will provide information and education about prostate cancer and a variety of other men’s health issues, such as blood pressure checks, eye screening and nutrition advice. Men will have the opportunity to sign up for a prostate cancer screening that will be held on September 24 in Dover.

“Preventative screenings and early detection are vital because prostate cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms until advanced stages when a cure is less likely. Early stage prostate cancers are nearly impossible to detect without screenings,” said Bayhealth Urologist and President of the Delaware Urological Society, Michael Zaragoza, MD, who organized Pedal Away Prostate Cancer. “An annual PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test and digital rectal exam allow most prostate cancers to be detected early when they are the most treatable.”

According to Dr. Zaragosa, men should receive an initial “baseline” prostate specific antigen test at the age of 45. Higher risk groups, such as African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer, should receive PSA tests at least once a year starting at age 40.

“This year’s race theme, ‘Do it for Dad,’ appeals not only to prostate cancer patients but also to family and friends of those affected by the disease,” added Dr. Zaragoza.

To find out more about Pedal Away Prostate Cancer and to register for the race, please visit www.bikereg.com, then type “pedal away prostate cancer” in the Search Events box.

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