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September 2, 2008

SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU presents SIU Men’s Night Out with Lou Brock

Men’s health screenings and information will be the focus of the sixth annual men’s health event “SIU Men’s Night Out” this September, featuring Lou Brock, former St. Louis Cardinal’s left fielder and member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Part of Prostate Cancer Awareness month, the men’s educational event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis St., Springfield.  The program is presented by the Prostate Center of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute (SCCI) at SIU School of Medicine.

Brock, one of major league baseball’s all-time hits leader with 3,023 lifetime hits, is also the second all-time stolen base leader with 938.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.  Brock began his 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs and was traded after three years to the St. Louis Cardinals.  As a Cardinal, he batted a combined .391 in three World Series and batted a combined .375 in six All-Star games.  He also batted over .300 seven times in his career.  He is the only player in Major League Baseball to have an award named in his honor while still an active player.  The Lou Brock Award goes to the National League player with the most stolen bases each year.

SIU’s Men’s Night Out begins with a dinner and screenings provided by various health care organizations.  There will be sign-up for prostate screenings and both Lou Brock autographed baseballs and grills will be given as door prizes.  All participants will receive a souvenir tee shirt.

At 6:15 p.m., the educational program begins.   Dr. Thomas Tarter, associate professor of urology and director of SIU’s Prostate Center, will introduce the health services available to men at SIU School of Medicine.  Talks will be given by Dr. Andrew J. Varney, associate professor of internal medicine, who will speak on general men’s health topics including diet, exercise and heart health.  Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, professor and director of SCCI, will talk about the Cancer Institute’s new building in Springfield.  Dr. Bradley Schwartz, associate professor of urology, will talk on erectile dysfunction and infertility in men.  The evening will end with Brock talking about his baseball career.

Prostate cancer strikes over 220,000 men in the United States each year.  One in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Early detection provides one of the best tools for treatment.  Screening that includes a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test combined with a prostate exam has led to cases being diagnosed earlier, often leading to a cure and increased survival.

Sponsors for SIU Men’s Night Out with Lou Brock are Bank of Springfield, Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU, SIU Physicians & Surgeons, and Noonan True Value.

To purchase a $10 ticket for SIU Men’s Night Out, men age 21 and older can order online at or by calling Carol at 217-545-7133 weekdays.  Tickets also will be sold at all Bank of Springfield and Noonan True Value locations and McCormick’s Smokehouse Restaurant in Springfield.  Tickets also are available for Lunch with a Legend with Lou Brock to be held at noon Thursday, September 25.  For $100, individuals will have lunch with Brock and have one item signed by him.   Those tickets also can be ordered online at www.siumed/edu/cancer or by calling Carol at 217-545-7133.  Seating is limited.



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