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Silver Cross hosts free lecture Prostate Health on Oct. 25

Joliet, IL (October 13, 2010)—Every man is at risk for prostate problems simply because every man has a prostate. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland found only in men. It sits just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine through the penis.

“By recognizing and addressing prostate problems early on, men can avoid more serious conditions,” said Dr. Ernesto Tan, urologist on staff at Siver Cross Hospital.

Common Prostate Problems
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is growth of the prostate gland to an unhealthy size. This develops when changing hormone levels cause the prostate to grow larger. Excess tissue can block the urethra, making it harder for urine to flow. The enlarged prostate can also press on the bladder, so you may need to urinate more often. Other symptoms include straining during urination, a weak urine stream, and feeling that the bladder isn’t emptying all the way. Men are at higher risk to contract BPH as they age.

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate, often caused by bacteria. Possible symptoms include pain when urinating or ejaculating, fever and chills, pelvic pain, and/or cloudy urine. Prostatitis, most often, is not a serious infection and can be treated with antibiotics.

Prostate Cancer this is the second most common cancer in men (after skin cancer) and also the hardest to detect because it has no symptoms. This year alone, nearly 230,000 men will get diagnosed with this disease. That's more than lung, colon, and brain cancers combined.If you have a family history or are African American you are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. 

Ways to Stay Protected
Although many prostate problems result from aging, here are some tips men can follow to stay healthy.

  • A diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits and vegetables 
  • Good hygiene
  • Ten  grams of garlic or scallions daily (can be eaten raw or in vitamin form)
  • Eating or drinking foods high in lycopene (an antioxidant found in tomatoes, tomato based products) and resveratrol (an antioxidant found in red grapes & wine)
  • A healthy sex life/regular ejaculation (researchers say the ejaculation helps flush out carcinogenic substances)

Join Dr. Ernesto Tan, urologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, on Monday, October 25 for a discussion on various prostate problems, including prostate cancer, enlargement of the prostate (BPH), and infection of the prostate. Men will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions as well as information about prevention and screening. The program is at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center on the hospital’s Joliet campus, 1200 Maple Rd.. Register to attend at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and ten satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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