Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will offer free prostate cancer education sessions followed by screening opportunities Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in its Alice Gustafson Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, on the hospital campus. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer, other than skin cancer, found in American men. It also is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. One in six men will get prostate cancer in his lifetime. But there’s hope. Early detection has been found to save lives. The following SJMO physicians will present information on various topics related to prostate cancer. Men should sign up for ONE topic from the schedule listed below. All speakers also will cover: what is prostate cancer, who should be tested and when, what the screening involves and the risks and benefits of testing. Free screening will be available following the presentations for those who wish to participate. Available screening includes a digital rectal examination (DRE) and a PSA blood test. Educational speakers and their topics are: 9 a.m. Jeffrey Forman, MD, “Prostate Cancer Treatment Options” 9:30 a.m. Brandon Allen, MD, “Lifestyle Choices and Prostate Cancer Prevention” 10 a.m. Marko Gudziak, MD, “Dysfunctions Following Prostate Cancer: Erectile Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence and Available Treatments” 10:30 a.m. Atul Rajpurkar, MD, “The Role of Family History: Why Does Prostate Cancer Seem to Run in Some Families?” 11 a.m. Tina Schuster, DO, “How Does Prostate Cancer Develop?” 11:30 a.m. Michael Cotant, MD, “Lifestyle Choices and Prostate Cancer” Pre-registration is required. To register, call (800) 372-6094. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a member of the Mercy Cancer Network, one of Michigan’s largest cancer care networks. The Mercy Cancer Network links local hospitals and cancer centers throughout Michigan to provide patients and families access to the most advanced medicine and latest in cancer diagnostics, clinical research trials and therapeutic technology. About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience. For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland or Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.sjmercyhealth.org. About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.sjmercyhealth.org.