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According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The latest American Cancer Society estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are for 2011:
- About 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
- About 33,720 men will die of prostate cancer
- About 1 man in 6 (general population) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
*African-American men are twice as likely to develop the disease and die from its effects as Caucasian men.
Doctors at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center are acutely aware of the prevalence of prostate cancer, and particularly the racial disparities in healthcare when it comes to prostate cancer among African-American men. That is why Saint Francis has partnered with 30 faith-based and community organizations serving the community at large and developed The Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
A goal of the Men's Health Institute is to help pay for the cost of treatment for uninsured or underinsured men diagnosed with prostate cancer.* Additionally, the Men’s Health Institute will address the racial disparities that affect the community that we serve. The program will focus on patient education, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment for men at risk of prostate cancer.
The community-based, early detection programs will include private, free testing and results of the tests will be mailed to participants. Men with abnormal results will be referred to Saint Francis physicians for further examination.
If surgery is necessary, access to minimally invasive treatment options such as the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System will be available to minimize potential negative side effects of treatment.
"An Historic Partnership"
Tuskegee University, an HBCU in Tuskegee, Alabama, and the Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute (CDRMHI) at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut have entered into an historic partnership to identify biomarkers in African American prostate biopsy specimens in an effort to potentially prevent or cure prostate cancer. In November of 2010 this unique partnership between an HBCU, home to the National Center for Bioethics and Research in Healthcare, and the largest Catholic hospital in New England was formalized. The Partnership with its research, analysis and outreach projects will not only benefit the African American community, but all men and humanity; particularly those who are afflicted with Prostate Cancer.
*CDRMHI will provide financial assistance for prostate care and treatment according to the Saint Francis Hospital financial guidelines.