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Check Up 13

Welcome to Check Up 13, in partnership with Ascension St. Vincent

WTHR and co-anchor and health reporter Anne Marie Tiernon have partnered with Ascension St. Vincent, part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., on an initiative called Check Up 13. The goal of Check Up 13 is to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their own health. Check Up 13 includes news stories that will air on the 13th of every month during WTHR's Health Beat segment. The monthly program will highlight providers and patient success stories at Ascension St. Vincent and focus on the health topic screening, event or promotion for that month.

Please read the details about this month's Check Up 13 below. On the 13th of each month, you can register by filling out the form at the bottom of the page or by calling 866-UCHECK13 (866-824-3251)

Prostate Cancer: A Serious, Treatable Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in America - and also one of the most treatable. One in eight American men is diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The prostate is a gland only found in men and is below the bladder, surrounding part of the urethra. Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control.

Prostate cancer is serious and can be deadly, but it is also very treatable if detected early. If diagnosed in the early stages, the 5-year survival rate in the United States is greater than 99%, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

There usually aren't any outward symptoms of prostate cancer, and so screenings are essential for diagnosing it. Screening for prostate cancer begins with a DRE, a digital rectal exam, where a doctor feels the prostate for anything abnormal. A PSA test, a blood test that determines the amount of prostate specific antigen, can then be used to determine whether a biopsy, active surveillance, or more testing is needed.

Prostate cancer is generally a slow-growing cancer. Today, there are nearly 3.1 million Americans living with it. You can schedule a screening with a primary care provider, urologist, or radiation oncologist at Ascension St. Vincent and talk about your risks for developing prostate cancer.

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