Published on September 20, 2017

A Really Enlarged Prostate Display

Two of the most annoying words for men of a certain age are enlarged and prostate.

A display at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport’s West Central Park campus on Thursday, Sept. 28 will take “enlarged prostate” to an entirely new level: 12 feet long, 12 feet wide and 10 feet tall.

As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a men’s health inflatable display will be available for the public to view from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby area across from the Gift Shop at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park. The display of the inflatable pelvis features visual elements of prostate health, including images of prostate cancer.

“With the exception of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men.  We hope this display will be a reminder that prostate health is important for men’s general health,’’ explained Wendy Ballou, cancer nurse navigator, Genesis Cancer Care Institute. “Prostate cancer is very treatable if caught in the early stages.”

Here are key facts about prostate cancer:

•    One in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

•    Approximately 60 percent of all cancers of the prostate are found in men ages 65 or older.

•    Prostate cancer develops more often in African-American men than in Caucasian men and African-American men are more than twice as likely to die of this disease.

•    The skeletal system (bone metastasis) is the most prevalent site for spread of prostate cancer.

•    Men 50 years old and older should ask their primary care physician about Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.

The lobby area across from the Gift Shop at Genesis Medical Center’s West Campus is located at 1401 West Central Park, Davenport. (It’s easiest to enter on the Central Park Avenue side, through the Emergency Department doors.)

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