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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings and Health Seminars For Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September Marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

CLEARWATER, Fla., (Aug. 16, 2012) – As part of recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, Morton Plant Mease will recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with free prostate screenings and health seminars throughout the month. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American men, and one out of every six males will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. 

“Screenings can be highly effective in the early detection of prostate cancer, said Scott Klavans, MD, Morton Plant Mease urologist. “There can be as much as a 40 percent decrease in the death rate if prostate cancer is caught early through screenings. “If it is detected early enough and with the advanced treatments available now, prostate cancer patients can experience a good recovery and continue to live a full and active life.”

To help promote early detection of prostate cancer, many free screenings including digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests will be offered on Friday, September 7, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. at the following locations. 

Mease Countryside Hospital

Medical Arts Building, Suite 300

1840 Mease Dr.

Safety Harbor, FL             

Morton Plant Hospital

PTAK Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Suite 206

430 Morton Plant St.

Clearwater, FL

Free screenings are offered by appointment only. Call (727) 953-6877.

The community is also invited to several health seminars focusing on men’s health and prostate cancer are scheduled throughout September. Current prostate cancer screening recommendations to the latest treatment advances will be discussed.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Advances

Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer including robotic technology treatment that can reduce incision size and shorten recovery time.

Friday, September 7, Noon

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1&2

3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, FL

Martin Richman, MD, urologist

Wednesday, September 26, Noon

Countryside Recreation Center, Community Room

2640 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater, FL

Lonnie Klein, MD, urologist

Prostate Cancer Treatment

Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.


Monday, September 24, Noon

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center

6600 Madison St., New Port Richey, FL

Richard Rabinowitz, MD, urologist

Prostate Cancer Screenings Recommendations

Learn more about the most recent recommendations by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for prostate cancer screening and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. 

Friday, September 7, Noon

Morton Plant Hospital, PTAK Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Suite 114

430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater, FL

Scott Klavans, MD, urologist

Reservations are required for the health seminars. For information or reservations, call (727) 953-6877, or go to (click on classes and events).

The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease offer prostate cancer patients the most advanced treatment options available including robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and ultrasound-guided seed implantation. Additional treatment options include traditional surgery to remove the prostate gland, external beam radiation therapy and hormone therapy. A variety of services and support groups are also available to all cancer patients and their families to help them cope with the impact of cancer on their daily lives.

In addition to the screenings and seminars, the Morton Plant Mease Foundation’s third annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 8. The family-friendly event race 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 event includes a 5K (3.1 miles), a new 10K (6.2 miles), Miracle Mile (1-mile walk/run) and a Kids Dash. Race start is at 7:30 a.m.

Participants can still register by visiting and going to the events tab.  The registration fee is for the 10K and 5K: $25 until Aug. 31 and $30 after Sept. 1. Miracle Mile fee is $15 through Aug. 31 and $20 after Sept. 1. The registration fee for the Kids Dash is $10 through Sept. 7. Late registrations are available on race day for additional $5 fee. 

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Comprised of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.  

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at