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Morton Plant Hospital events will raise awareness of prostate cancer

Hospital touts cancer awareness

As part of recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, Morton Plant Mease will present a series of special lectures, free health care screenings and a 5K family-friendly run/walk to help raise awareness and education.

Outside of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males.

To help promote prevention and detection of prostate cancer, three free screening events offering educational information, digital rectal exams and prostate-specific antigen blood tests will be offered.

Lectures and screenings will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the following locations: Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion (Morton Plant Hospital campus), Suite 206, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater; and Mease Countryside Medical Arts Building, Suite 300, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor

Space is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (727) 253-4035 or visit BayCare.org (click on classes and events).

In addition to the lectures and screenings, the Morton Plant Mease Foundation's Prostate Cancer Awareness Race is scheduled for Saturday. The family-friendly 5K run/walk is presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, and benefits Morton Plant Mease community screenings and education services and assists prostate cancer patients who may not have the resources for treatment.

The 5K will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on the Morton Plant Hospital campus and the course will take runners through surrounding waterfront neighborhoods. There will also be a Kids Dash starting at 9 a.m.

Participants can register by visiting www.imathlete.com/events/mpmf5k. The registration fee is $30. The registration fee for the Kids Dash is $10. Late registration is available Friday and race day.

Suncoast Hospice will host a volunteer fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at 2675 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor.

On hand will be representatives from patient care, Suncoast Hospice House Brookside, Suncoast Hospice resale shops, office, special events and teen volunteers.

For information about the volunteer fair, call (727) 467-7423.

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Baycare Health System offers support and resources for surgical weight loss, from the medical and surgical components to nutritional and psychological support.

Learn more about surgical weight loss at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3990 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Dr. Theodore Small will discuss gastric bypass, the adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy.

Contact YouTransformed.org, call (727) 953-6890 or visit facebook.com/YouTransformed.

Seminars, classes, support groups

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Alzheimer's caregivers support group: Meets weekly 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

Take off pounds sensibly (tops): Weight loss group meetings are 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

Food addicts in recovery anonymous: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Visit foodaddicts.com.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail naranonfamilygroups@yahoo.com or visit naranonfl.org.

Health news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, faxed to (727) 445-4119 or e-mailed to sbeall@sptimes.com.

Morton Plant Hospital events will raise awareness of prostate cancer 09/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 6:53pm]

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