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2010 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Marks Prostate Cancer

CLEARWATER, Fla., (Aug. 30, 2010) - In observation of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease will present a series of special lectures, free health care screenings and a 5K family friendly run/walk event.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, outside of skin cancer, and second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males.

To help promote prevention and detection of prostate cancer, there will be free screenings next month in two locations. The screenings include educational information, digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Friday, September 10, 1-4 p.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion Conference Center, Suite 206, Clearwater
  • Friday, September 10, 1-4 p.m., Mease Countryside Medical Arts Building, Suite 300, Safety Harbor

Throughout September, special presentations and interactive sessions will be held at various locations offering information about the latest treatment techniques and options and updates about prostate cancer symptoms and diagnosis.

Space for the following lectures and interactive sessions is limited and reservations are required. For information, or reservations, call (727) 253-4035 or go to (click on classes and events). Sessions include a light lunch or light refreshments.

Latest Advances in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer and Enlarged Prostate
September 10, noon, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion Conference Center, Room 114, Clearwater, Scott M. Klavans, MD, urologist

Latest Advances in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer and Enlarged Prostate
September 10, noon, Mease Countryside Hospital, meeting rooms 1-5, Safety Harbor, Martin B. Richman, MD, urologist

Latest Advances in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Treatments
September 14, noon, Mease Countryside Hospital, meeting rooms 4 & 5, Safety Harbor, Paul Arnold, MD, urologist

Runners of all ages are invited to participate in the Morton Plant Mease Foundation's Prostate Cancer Awareness 5K RACE on Saturday, September 11 in Clearwater, Fla. Presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, proceeds from the event will benefit community screenings, education, counseling services and other prostate cancer programs provided by the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

The 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Cheek-Powell Wellness Center. The race course winds through the Morton Plant Hospital Campus and along nearby waterfront neighborhoods. A Kids Dash for children follows the main event at 9 a.m.

Participants can sign up by visiting; search for Morton Plant Mease. Registration fee is $25 until August 31, $30 through September 10 and $35 the day of the race, September 11. The registration fee for the Kids Dash is $10 through September 11. Entry fees are non-refundable. Online registration closes on September 10. Registration capacity is limited to 1,000 entries. For more information, please call (727) 253-4056.

The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease offer prostate cancer patients the most advanced treatment options available to combat the disease, including robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and ultrasound-guided seed implantation. Additional treatment options include traditional surgery to remove the prostate gland, external beam radiation therapy and hormone therapy. A variety of support groups and services are also available to all cancer patients and their families to help them cope with the impact of cancer on their daily lives.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is
 dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Comprised of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

Beth Hardy
(727) 298-6199 Phone
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