The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the
Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email
mrwresource@northshore.org
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In the Spotlight: Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) in American men. It is the 2nd most common cause of male cancer death (after lung cancer). An estimated 198,000 cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States each year.

Prostate cancer is primarily a disease of older men. Most men are over the age of 55. The average age of patients at the time of diagnosis is 70. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer themselves. Prostate cancer is much more common in African American men than in white men, and even less common in Asian and American Indian men.

What are the symptoms?

Early prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms, and many symptoms may be caused by less serious health problems. Any of these symptoms require evaluation by a physician.

  • Increased need to urinate – especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Inability to urinate
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen

How can prostate cancer be detected?

Any man who has any of the above risk factors may want to discuss prostate cancer screening with his doctor. The most common screening methods are a digital rectal examination and a blood test called a PSA.

Are there Clinical Trials available for treating Prostate Cancer?

NorthShore University HealthSystem offers numerous clinical trials for prostate cancer. Please call the Kellogg Cancer Care Center at 847.570.2110 for more information.

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