Prostate Health Week, which began September 14th, is an important week for Dr. David B. Samadi, Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the Northshore LIJ Health System. As part of this week, he is issuing a unique challenge to women worldwide—the #SamadiChallenge.
Samadi explains that women are generally quite careful and persistent when it comes to routine check-ups, and pay close attention to health risks and screenings. Because of these factors, Samadi believes that women are the ideal advocates for the #samadichallenge.
#SamadiChallenge for Prostate Cancer
Dr. Samadi challenges women to:
- Learn the prostate cancer risk factors.
- Improve the lifestyles of the men in their lives.
- Encourage men to get Screened annually.
- In case of a positive diagnosis, urge men to seek Treatment immediately.
Symptoms of prostate cancer may include changes in urinary function including a burning sensation, blood in the urine or semen, frequent urination, as well as a weak or interrupted flow. Difficulty achieving an erection may also be an early sign of issues with the prostate.
As part of the #samadichallenge, The Lenox Hill Hospital Prostate Cancer Center offered FREE prostate cancer screenings to men over 40 on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
Women as Advocates for Men’s Health
As part of the #samadichallenge, he plans to recommend women become the champions and voice for opening up the conversation about prostate cancer symptoms, as well as early diagnosis and treatment options to help raise prostate cancer awareness globally.
Just as popularity for cervical cancer and breast cancer screenings and awareness has skyrocketed of late (mammograms and pap smears), Samadi hopes that women will take the #samadichallenge as a pathway to encourage men to place focus on prostate health.
“If you want a job done right, you give it to a woman,” said Dr. Samadi. “Women are the most proactive healthcare champions in the family and are the driving force in men’s health. Time and again, it’s women who make the final push for their husbands, fathers, and brothers to come see me.”
Dedicated to the early warning signs of prostate cancer, taken from a female perspective, Samadi recently launched a new Facebook Page, “Women for Prostate Health.”
“Women For Prostate Health” is an effective way, according to Samadi, to begin a conversation about prostate health. It’s important, Samadi stresses, that men and women be united in their initiative to confront the multiple issues with a prostate cancer diagnosis.
“Women are absolutely affected by their partners’ prostate health,” said Dr. Samadi. “And they’re very in tune with minor symptoms that men might otherwise brush aside.”