CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
Free screenings offered during Bladder Health Week
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Physicians in the department of urology in the University
of Iowa College of Medicine will offer free screenings for bladder cancer
during Bladder Health Week. The screenings will be given Thursday, Nov.
20, from 3-5:30 p.m. at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and are available
to anyone regardless of age or gender.
According to Dr. William See, professor of urology in the UI College
of Medicine, the screenings are an important way to diagnose several potentially
"Blood in the urine can be a symptom of infection, inflammation,
cancer and kidney disease," See says. He notes that as many as 10
percent of patients visiting their doctors may have at least microscopic
traces of blood in their urine.
"Those most at risk are older people, especially older men,"
Bladder Health Week 1997 is Nov. 17-23. It is an initiative by the Bladder
Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease and is designed
to educate Americans about the dangers of bladder cancer.
This year, more than 50,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be detected
in the U.S., and more than 10,000 people will die from the disease. In
the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer among men and the
ninth most common among women. Men are three times as likely as women to
develop the disease. Cigarette smoking doubles the risk for both men and
Blood in the urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. Individuals
may also feel discomfort while urinating, often described as a "burning"
sensation, or may need to urinate more frequently or urgently than usual.
These symptoms are also common among individuals with kidney stones, urinary
tract infections and in men with enlarged prostate disease or prostate
To make an appointment for a free screening, call (319) 384-9621. The
tests take about 15 minutes and involve only a urine sample.