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LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS WEEK

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LUTHERAN  MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
Lutheran helps kick off Brooklyn's "Take Your Man to the Doctor Day"

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September 18, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center recognized Prostate Cancer Awareness Week yesterday by helping kick off the sixth annual "Take Your Man to the Doctor Day" along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and health care providers across the borough. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is September 17 - 22. Lutheran Medical Center's Audrey Saitta, M.D., chair of Radiation Oncology, and LMC staff attended the event providing information on prostate cancer and encouraging people to get their loved ones screened early for the disease.

The American Cancer Society forecasts that there will be about 219,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2007 and about 27,000 men will die of it. There is often no way to detect prostate cancer in its early stages except through a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) done by a trained professional.

Since Prostate Cancer Awareness Week initiated in 1989, the amount of research dollars earmarked for prostate cancer has tripled. In addition, nearly 60 percent of new cases are localized and potentially curable, indicating a dramatic increase in awareness among the general population about the importance of early detection. Aside from screening thousands of men, Prostate Cancer Awareness Week has also yielded valuable information on several important research issues.

Lutheran Medical Center's Department of Radiation Oncology provides the most technologically advanced intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), a cutting edge form of external beam therapy. Additionally, patients have access to conventional external beam treatments and 3D radiotherapy. The department's brachytherapy program treats many forms of cancers including prostate and gynecological malignancies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 718-630-7065.

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A Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers in southwest Brooklyn. The LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute is the only program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and its commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at www.LutheranMedicalCenter.com.

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