Newswise — The Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System has partnered with the nonprofit organization Man Cave Health to launch a first-of-its-kind sports-themed resource center for men that will provide educational resources on prostate health.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common cancer among men other than skin cancer.
While it is a serious disease, prostate cancer is treatable if caught early.
“Men take better care of their cars than they do their bodies, and that needs to change,” says Ash Tewari, MBBS, MCh, Chair of the Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System and the Kyung Hyun Kim, MD Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Man Cave Health offers a new way to start a conversation about health issues that men avoid discussing.”
Following a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2016, Thomas Milana, Jr. elected to have surgery performed by Dr. Tewari, who has performed more than 6,000 robotic radical prostatectomies. Mr. Milana has become an advocate for fellow prostate cancer survivors. He founded Man Cave Health to raise awareness about men’s health issues
“Men need to know that it’s important to go to the doctor, and if we can provide them with an environment that is male-friendly, it will encourage them to seek preventive care and treatment,” said Mr. Milana. “It’s critical for men to identify prostate cancer at its earliest stages with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and consultations.”
The sports-themed center sponsored by Man Cave Health is located in the Department of Urology’s midtown practice at 625 Madison Avenue and will be open for patients to use Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The center will have educational resources on prostate health; memorabilia from local sports teams, including the Knicks, Rangers, Yankees, Mets, Giants, and Jets; 65” televisions tuned to sports programming; a free coffee bar; and access to Man Cave Health’s toll free hotline 1 (833) HEAL-MEN.
Man Cave Health will give men access to important resources through a unique patient care model, including:
- State-of-the-art prostate cancer screening technologies
- Precision urology
- Robotics for prostate cancer surgery
- Prostate cancer fusion biopsy
- Active surveillance
- Acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine
- Diet assessment and botanical supplement consultation and coaching
- Mind-body medicine (qi gong, meditation)
- Movement, exercise and physical assessment and coaching
- Tui na massage therapy (hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist principles)
The Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System has more than 190 urologists on staff, more than any other health care system in New York City. Its robotic surgery program is among the most robust in the country. Genomic testing and advanced imaging are routine for patients with prostate cancer, providing personalized and precise treatment protocols.
Tips for Prostate Cancer Prevention:
- Diagnosing cancer early: Speak with your physician about the benefits of screening. For men at high risk, screening should be considered at 40.
- Screening tests:Screenings consist of a blood test to measure the PSA level and a digital rectal exam, which can uncover physical abnormalities of the prostate that may be a sign of cancer.
- Age is the greatest risk factor: The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years.
- Family history is important: Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk.
- Race is a factor: Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men, and they have more than twice the risk of dying from it.
- Keep a healthy diet: Eat more low-fat, high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables; limit intake of red or processed meat. Avoid smoking.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system encompassing (with the addition of South Nassau Communities Hospital) eight hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.