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September 2019 Proclaimed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in WV by Governor Jim Justice

Posted Date: 9/19/2019
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Governor Jim Justice and Mon Health Medical Center, a leading community hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia teamed up to raise awareness for prostate cancer and proclaim September 2019 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the state of West Virginia.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. According to the American Cancer Society, there was an estimated 1,010 men in West Virginia diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2019; the third most new diagnosis of cancer behind lung and breast (female) in our state. Nearly 190 men died of this disease in West Virginia within the year.

Early prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. The five-year survival rate approaches 100 percent when prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated early but drops to 30 percent when it spreads to other parts of the body. Early diagnosis and treatment are key.  

“Mon Health offers the latest and most effective treatments for prostate cancer,” explained Dr. Jaschar Shakuri-Rad, Urologist and Director of Robotic Surgery at Mon Health Medical Center. Recently, Dr. Rad performed our very first SpaceOAR procedure to protect the rectum from radiation damage during radiation therapy for prostate cancer. “SpaceOAR is just one of the latest treatments in our comprehensive list of highly advanced options for prostate cancer.” A patient no longer needs to travel to Johns Hopkins or Cleveland Clinic for these options. They are available right here at Mon Health Medical Center.”

With state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, advanced treatment techniques such as robotic assisted technology, and many other laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures, we have the capabilities to treat conditions in men and women with increased safety and faster recovery times. Mon Health Urology's specialized team diagnoses and treats a variety of urological conditions, from cancer to kidney stones. 

“Mon Health Medical Center employs a multidisciplinary approach to treating prostate cancer that includes state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment options. Our mission is to provide best in class care across the communities we serve and are blessed with the very best team leading the way in patient care and improved health outcomes,” explained David Goldberg, President & CEO of Mon Health.
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