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OMC to Host Men's Only Breakfast Sept. 24

OMC to host men’s only breakfast Sept. 24

Ozarks Medical Center is inspiring men to take control of their health and learn more about men’s health issues at a free breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. Sept. 24 at the OMC Parkway Center.

The breakfast is free and open to men of all ages, but reservations are required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793. Featured guest is Brian Pence, Director of the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, who will present and take questions on men’s health topics.

“This event will help raise awareness about men’s health issues. I will be speaking about current trends in the early detection, treatment and survivorship of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is often a slow growing process that until early detection methods such as PSA where discovered, men would have extensive disease at the time of diagnosis that was much harder to treat. The discussion will include a question and answer section that will allow the audience to interact as a group.” Pence said.

Pence has more than 20 years of experience in oncology including 15 years as an administrator for community cancer centers. Before coming to OMC, he was the Executive Director of Oncology-Hospice Services for St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. Pence earned his Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois; A Bachelor of Science from Weber State University in Health Administration and Radiation Therapy; and an Associate of Science from Boise State University in Idaho. He is certified in Radiation Therapy and Radiology. As director, Pence oversees the day-to-day operations of the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, located in the Shaw Medical Building at 1111 Kentucky Ave. The state-of-the-art facility provides medical and radiation oncology.

An estimated one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 38 will die of prostate cancer. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.

Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 27,540 men will die of the disease in 2015.

For more information or to register for the breakfast, call OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793.

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