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MUHC encourages men over the age of 50 to get annual prostate exam

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Published: 19 Sep 2006

A simple, painless 15-second exam can detect cancer early, at its curable stage, and save lives.

One in every seven men in Quebec will develop prostate cancer and the risk increases in men over the age of 50. A simple, painless 15-second exam can detect cancer early, at its curable stage, and save lives.

To mark its prostate cancer awareness week, September 18-24, the MUHC is encouraging men aged 50 or older to have a regular annual prostate exam and a PSA blood test.

Early warning signs of possible prostate problems are: difficulty urinating, urinating very often at night. However, if men do not have trouble urinating it does not mean they do not have prostate cancer and vice versa. This simple exam can be done in any clinic or doctor's office.

"Many men are concerned about prostate cancer treatments or enlarged prostate treatment because of potential erectile dysfunction; however, thanks to our multidisciplinary team at the MUHC Prostate Cancer centre of excellence, and our ability to perform minimally invasive surgery, radio-oncology treatments — including brachytherapy — and advanced chemotherapy, the preservation of erectile function is improving," explains Dr. Simon Tanguay, MUHC urologist and director of Urologic Oncology at McGill University.

MUHC Prostate Cancer centre of excellence
The MUHC is benchmarked as a Prostate Cancer centre of excellence, offering our patients the highest standards of diagnosis and treatment at our state-of-the-art surgical and clinical facilities including minimally invasive surgery and advanced radiotherapy and brachytherapy.

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University — the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological Hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

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Contact: Seeta Ramdass
Organization: MUHC Public Relations & Communications Services
Office Phone: 514-843-1560
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