NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), a Center of Excellence at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and its flagship hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), once again are teaming up to provide free prostate cancer screenings to men across the state on Sept. 18, 19 and 20.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and it is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men other than skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. That is why CINJ and RWJUH join forces each year to educate men and their families about this diseasethrough the annual screening event, which over the past six years has seen nearly 3,000 men tested -- 700 last year alone.
The event, now in its fourteenth year, has long been supported by local clergy and civic leaders who disseminate screening information throughout the community. Earlier this summer, PRAB (Puerto Rican Action Board) and Mount Zion AME Church in New Brunswick were honored for their ongoing dedication to educating the community about the event.
According to Mariam Merced, director of RWJUH’s Community Health Promotion Program, many others are involved as well. “From barber shops in New Brunswick to church groups in Elizabeth and other entities from throughout the region, so many men are being educated about the importance of screening,” she said. “And the message is viral. Many times, we see these men bring a friend or a relative back the following year. This translates into the potential for more lives to be saved.”
At the screening, men will receive a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, as well as prostate-specific literature, and have the opportunity to speak to a urologic oncologist from the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at CINJ. Assistance for Spanish speakers will be available.
“In New Jersey, 7,500 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to be diagnosed by year’s end with 720 deaths. With this simple screening method, we have an opportunity to detect potentially harmful cancers at an earlier and more curable stage,” said CINJ urologic oncologist Thomas L. Jang, M.D., M.P.H., who heads the clinical component of the annual screening event.
"All men 40 and older, as well as men with a family history of prostate cancer and those most at risk – such as African American men, should discuss with their physician an appropriate screening schedule and at what age to begin. And especially if a man doesn’t have a family physician or health insurance, this free screening will provide men with an opportunity to better protect their prostate health,” noted Dr. Jang, who also is an assistant professor of surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Registration is now open for the screenings, which run from 5 - 8 p.m. all three evenings at CINJ (195 Little Albany Street in New Brunswick) and are open to all men age 40 and older.
Limited free parking will be available.
For those taking mass transit, CINJ is one block south of the New Brunswick train station.
While the screenings are free, an appointment is necessary. Call 1-888-MD-RWJUH (1-888-637-9584) to schedule your appointment. Additional information can be found at: http://www.cinj.org/prostatescreenings
About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org
) is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit www.cinjfoundation.org
. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCINJ
The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*,
and University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.