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Free prostate screenings and uterine fibroid lecture offered

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:30 am

Mercy Medical Center, located in Rockville Centre in neighboring Nassau County, is holding two free events in September that Queens residents are invited to attend.

The first is a free prostate cancer screening, by appointment, that will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dr. Eric Thall, Mercy Medical Center’s director of urology, along with associates from his Advance Urology Centers of New York, will provide both prostate-specific antigen blood tests and digital rectal examinations in the Pre-Surgical Testing suite on the main floor of the hospital.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, with the American Cancer Society estimating that nearly a quarter-million cases will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and that nearly 34,000 men will die of the disease.

To schedule a time, call (516) 62MERCY (626-3729) no later than Friday, Sept. 7.

The second event is a free presentation on uterine fibroids that will include information on nonsurgical treatment. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Interventional radiologist Dr. E. Collyer Kelling will discuss causes, symptoms and available treatments, including the latest nonsurgical option, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, as an alternative to hysterectomy.

The National Uterine Fibroid Foundation estimates that as many as 80 percent of all women have uterine fibroids. While the majority usually have no symptoms, one out of four end up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment.

Advance registration for the presentation is not required. It will be conducted in the employee dining room on the lower level of the medical center’s North Pavilion. Ample convenient free parking will be available.

For travel directions or information, call (516) 626-3729 or visit the hospital online at MercyMedicalCenter.info.

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