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Lawrence Hospital offers Free Prostate Screenings

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- For about 6 years, Tuckahoe resident Michael Simone watched his father battle prostate cancer.

He would get better, then six months later, he would get worse," Simone said. "He had a couple of surgeries, radiation, chemo, then the cancer spread to his bones."

Simone's father lost his battle with prostate cancer.

"After I watched him suffer the way he did, I started getting regular check-ups every year," he said. "I am 51 now, and I have been getting screened every year since I am 40."

Bronxville Dr. Lawrence Sigler has tested hundreds of men for prostate cancer over the years, but one in particular stands out.

"I had a patient, nice guy, a very, very successful business man," Sigler recalls. "He had been experiencing symptoms, but kept putting off a check-up. When he finally came to me, it was way too late, and he passed away within six months."

Sigler will be one of the doctors on hand at Lawrence Hospital on Sept. 22 doing free prostate testing.

"The testing is no big deal," Simone said. "And the relief you feel afterward is great,"

After ten years of having a prostate screening as part of his annual physical, Simone's doctor saw an elevation in his blood test and sent him to a urologist.

"I wound up needing a biopsy and the surgery," Simone said. "But my biggest fears, regarding consequences of surgery such as incontinence or erectile dysfunction did not happen because the surgery has improved so much over the years."

Simone said that all the testing and the surgery has a sweet payoff.

"I have a wife and three kids, my youngest is seven," Simone said. "I want to see them grow up, I want to be here."

For more information on the Prostate Cancer Screening click on http://www.lawrencehealth.org/ or call 914-787-1000.

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