EDMONDS, WASH., Sept. 10, 2012 - Free screening tests for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and testosterone levels will be available at Swedish/Edmonds on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Learn more about men’s health topics from local urologists presenting at the event. These physicians will also be available to personally answer questions in an informal setting throughout the event.
“About 95 percent of low testosterone cases are undiagnosed and therefore untreated,” said Tim Roddy, M.D., urologist and senior medical director at Swedish/Edmonds. “When ignored, symptoms can affect one’s quality of life. If we can identify men with low levels, then we can discuss the options for treatment and really make a difference.”
Low levels of testosterone, the main male hormone, may be evident by poor quality of sleep, low sex drive, lack of energy and other symptoms. If a low level is detected, talk to a physician because many factors should be considered and low “T” may not be the cause.
'Vini' - the hospital's robotic-assisted, daVinci® surgical system - will make a rare, public appearance at the event. You can see a demonstration of its advanced technology, which has been available at Swedish/Edmonds since November 2011. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery is now the main approach for prostate cancer surgery. This approach offers significant benefits to patients including shorter hospitalizations, quicker recovery and faster return to normal activities.
Starting at 6 p.m., local physicians will discuss four men's health topics: sexual health, prostate cancer/robotic surgery, naturopathic urologic services and Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH).
PSA screening has come under recent scrutiny in the media over the last year. Local physicians will be prepared to discuss all aspects of this controversy and answer questions regarding PSA screening and your health.
Results of the non-fasting blood tests will be available seven business days after the event.
Pre-registration for the health screenings is limited to the first 48 people. No registration is required for the presentations from 6-7 p.m. The ask-the-doctor session will be from 6-8 p.m. and robotic-assisted surgery demonstration will be from 7-8 p.m. Refreshments will also be served at the event.
To register, visit www.swedish.org/menshealth or call 425-640-4747.
On the evening of the event use the 76th Ave. W. entrance for easy access to Auditorium A, B & C at Swedish/Edmonds, which is located at 21601 76th Ave. W. in Edmonds.
Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of about 1,500 employees. The hospital is nationally recognized having received the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ Award from HealthGrades®, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, in 2011 and 2012.
Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.
Swedish is affiliated with Providence Health & Services, which is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856 with 27 hospitals, 214 physician clinics and almost 53,000 employees across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence Health & Services provides strategic and management services to integrated health-care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. For more information, visit www.providence.org.