Men's Night Out

Men’s health screenings and information is the focus of the SIU men’s health event, “SIU Men’s Night Out.” The program is presented by Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. The program begins with a dinner and screening opportunities by various health-care organizations. There are sign-up opportunities for prostate screenings and autographed baseballs and grills as door prizes. All participants receive a complimentary souvenir T-shirt.


Dr. Brad Schwartz, professor of urology and director of the SIU Center for Urologic Laparoscopy and Endourology, lead the event and introduced the health services available to men at the SIU School of Medicine. Talks continued with Dr. Jerry Kruse, professor and chair of the SIU Department of Family and Community Medicine in Quincy. He spoke on general men’s health topics including diet, exercise and heart health. This was followed by Dr. Tobias Köhler, assistant professor of urology, who spoke about erectile dysfunction and infertility in men. The evening ended with Herzog and Schoendienst speaking about their baseball careers and answering questions from the audience.

Prostate cancer strikes more than 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 and treatment is one of the best tools for survival. 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 are Simmons Cancer Institute, Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, Bank of Springfield and SIU HealthCare.