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Memorial Hospital to host virtual seminar on prostate cancer Wednesday

Posted at 11:38 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 14:38:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Memorial Hospital is hosting a virtual seminar on Wednesday at noon to address an important topic for all men - prostate cancer.

"It’s the second most common cancer in men outside of skin cancer and it’s also the number one cancer killer in men, so it’s a big deal and we’re fortunate because it can be diagnosed early and there are a lot of good treatment options for it," said Chief of Surgery Edwin Youngstrom.

Doctor Youngstom said many men assume they’ll know if they need to see a doctor for prostate cancer, but symptoms can actually be very minor, if noticeable at all.

“Oftentimes this is really a silent disease and all men should become informed," he said.

Doctor Youngstrom will be hosting the seminar and says all men 40 years old or older should attend to learn about screening options and treatment.

“Prostate cancer is a disease most commonly found in men in their sixties, but all men from ages of 55 to 70 should really get screened yearly," he said.

Doctor Youngstrom also said African American men and men with close family relations to prostate cancer are especially at risk, but still, he encourages everyone to learn more about this disease.

“Because this is a disease that is very common among men, it really affects a lot of lives," he said.

Doctor Youngstrom said during Wednesday’s seminar, he will discuss everything you should know about prostate cancer and answer any questions you may have about screening, examinations or treatment.

“I think it’s always important to take charge of your own health. I think any opportunity to get more informed about your own health and your own body is an excellent opportunity to take," said Doctor Youngstrom.

He said the seminar will take place over Zoom, and he’s grateful for virtual platforms that allow him to educate men all across our community.

The seminar will take place at noon on Wednesday. Click here to register.