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A Publication of Dr. William J. Catalona Q uest Spring 2016 • Volume 24, Number 1 and the Urological Research Foundation Col. Allen B. West Speaks Out for Prostate Cancer Awareness URF Board Member Jim Sansone Focuses on Family im Sansone knows firsthand that prostate cancer affects the whole family. Nearly 25 years ago, he supported his father, URF board president Anthony Sansone, Sr., through prostate cancer treatment. His father remains healthy today, and now Jim serves on the URF board to honor Mr. Sansone—and to promote prostate cancer awareness. Jim was in his late 20s when Jim and Kathryn Sansone. his father was diagnosed with cancer. Jim is from a close-knit family of eight children, all of whom were concerned about the diagnosis. “My dad and mom mean the world to us, so obviously we were scared and concerned,” Jim said. Mr. Sansone sought treatment from Dr. Catalona, an expert in nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. The surgery was successful and he remains healthy and energetic at almost age 90. Jim said, “We literally couldn’t have had better results from my father’s procedure.” J T he URF is pleased to welcome Col. Allen B. West, Col. Allen B. West to its Board the newest of Trustees. Col. West works member of the in public policy and is a retired URF board. military serviceman, published author and former U.S. congressman. He has pledged to be a voice in the fight against prostate cancer. In February, Col. West attended his first URF board meeting at the invitation of URF board president Anthony Sansone, Sr. Inspired by the discussions at the meeting, he wrote an article for his website, www.allenbwest.com, entitled “This needs to be read by EVERY man in America; it could save your life.” He wrote, “I know this may not be a very comfortable topic, but we need to have this discussion and get better educated on this life threatening cancer.” In the article, Col. West provided background information on prostate cancer and screening tests, including both PSA testing and the newer Prostate Health Index (PHI) test, which is three times more accurate than PSA testing. “I think prostate cancer is an important topic to get out there, and it was very well received,” he said of his article. He also wrote of the impact of prostate cancer on African American men in the U.S. African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to Caucasian men and are 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease. (continued on page 2.) Contact Information for Dr. Catalona Returning patients : New patients : (312) 695-8146 (312) 695-4471 Familial prostate cancer In 2015, the Nordic Twin Study of Cancer found that the heritability of prostate cancer was 58%, higher than was previously believed. These results suggest that genetics contribute more to the risk of developing prostate cancer than environmental factors. Jim and his five brothers get screened for prostate cancer annually. He said, “We follow Dr. Catalona’s guidance in getting the prostate exam and the PSA test. We do believe in what he recommends for men for prostate health.” (continued on page 6). If you are unable to schedule a timely appointment, contact Dr. Catalona by phone at 312-695-4471 or mobile text at 314-974-4457. D r. Catalona received the 2016 Castle Connelly National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence. See page 5 for more details and visit the URF website, www.drcatalona.com, to access the video introducing him at the awards ceremony.

Col. Allen B. West Speaks Out for Prostate Cancer Awareness

Allen B. West

The URF is pleased to welcome Col. Allen B. West to its Board of Trustees. Col. West works in public policy and is a retired military serviceman, published author and former U.S. congressman. He has pledged to be a voice in the fight against prostate cancer.

In February, Col. West attended his first URF board meeting at the invitation of URF board president Anthony Sansone, Sr. Inspired by the discussions at the meeting, he wrote an article for his website, www.allenbwest.com, entitled “This needs to be read by EVERY man in America; it could save your life.” He wrote, “I know this may not be a very comfortable topic, but we need to have this discussion and get better educated on this life threatening cancer.”

In the article, Col. West provided background information on prostate cancer and screening tests, including both PSA testing and the newer Prostate Health Index (PHI) test, which is three times more accurate than PSA testing. “I think prostate cancer is an important topic to get out there, and it was very well received,” he said of his article.

He also wrote of the impact of prostate cancer on African American men in the U.S. African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to Caucasian men and are 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease. Col. West also expressed concern that in the aftermath of the 2012 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, PSA testing is “deemed unnecessary” by the U.S. government. He said, “We don’t want to have a system that doesn’t get the testing done.”

Col. West is ready to lend a voice to the URF’s mission of increasing awareness of prostate cancer. “We need support for this effort,” he wrote on his website. “And you can expect me to become a voice for this fight, and especially for black men…Hey guys, we need to take care of ourselves. Our country, our children and grandchildren are depending on us.”

Col. West’s website has an extensive reach. His website has 20-30 million page views per month and over 2 million followers on Facebook. His goals for the website are to educate, inform and engage the American public on unique perspectives and analyses.

A career in service

Col. West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family.

He began his career with his commission through the ROTC at the University of Tennessee. He entered active duty service in the U.S. Army in 1983 and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In 1995, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command as the Assistant Operations/Combat Plans Offer and was promoted to Major. Col. West’s cumulating assignment was as Battalion Commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. He deployed with his unit during the Iraq War in 2003.

After retiring from the Army in 2004, Col. West taught high school for a year before volunteering and deploying to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.

In November of 2010, Col. West was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida's 22nd District. He introduced seven major pieces of legislation and was the original sponsor of H. R. 1246, which reduces costs at the Department of Defense and was passed unanimously. President Obama signed the legislation signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Congressman West voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment and over 30 different bills designed to empower small businesses, reduce government barriers to job creation, boost American competitiveness, encourage entrepreneurship and growth, and maximize American energy production.

Col. West is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a Fox News Contributor, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom.

Currently, Col. West is Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Board at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization. The NCPAs goal is to develop and promote private, freemarket alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. One of the NCPA’s major areas of focus is healthcare policy.

Views on fitness

Col. West believes that overall fitness involves three things: physical fitness, mental fitness and spiritual fitness. “The first and most important thing is to be careful of the foods you’re eating and to have a healthy lifestyle,” he said. Col. West continues his fitness routine from the military, including running and calisthenics. “It’s been part of my life and lifestyle, and I think it’s important to maintain,” he said. Mental fitness includes staying engaged and reading.

Running is especially important to Col. West. He runs most mornings, which he says clears his mind, even when traveling for work. “I always travel with my running shoes,” he said.

Family life and free time

Col. West is married to Dr. Angela Graham-West, PhD, MBA, a broker with a financial firm. They have two daughters, Aubrey, a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree and Austen, a college freshman. The family lives in Dallas, Texas.

In his free time, Col. West is a Master SCUBA diver and a motorcyclist. He also enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.

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URF Board Member Jim Sansone Focuses on Family

Jim Sansone knows firsthand that prostate cancer affects the whole family. Nearly 25 years ago, he supported his father, URF board president Anthony Sansone, Sr., through prostate cancer treatment. His father remains healthy today, and now Jim serves on the URF board to honor Mr. Sansone—and to promote prostate cancer awareness.

Jim was in his late 20s when his father was diagnosed with cancer. Jim is from a close-knit family of eight children, all of whom were concerned about the diagnosis. “My dad and mom mean the world to us, so obviously we were scared and concerned,” Jim said. Mr. Sansone sought treatment from Dr. Catalona, an expert in nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. The surgery was successful and he remains healthy and energetic at almost age 90. Jim said, “We literally couldn’t have had better results from my father’s procedure.”

Familial prostate cancer

In 2015, the Nordic Twin Study of Cancer found that the heritability of prostate cancer was 58%, higher than was previously believed. These results suggest that genetics contribute more to the risk of developing prostate cancer than environmental factors.

Jim and his five brothers get screened for prostate cancer annually. He said, “We follow Dr. Catalona’s guidance in getting the prostate exam and the PSA test. We do believe in what he recommends for men for prostate health.”

Jim’s father asked him to join the board of the URF nearly 20 years ago. “It was of course an honor,” Jim said. “I’m pleased to be working with my dad in that capacity. I do whatever I can to promote prostate cancer awareness.” As a board member, Jim helps lead the URF’s efforts in prostate cancer research and public education, including QUEST.

On living a healthy life

Jim and his wife, Kathryn, both believe in the importance of healthy living, including eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and paying attention to your health. “You have to make a concerted effort to take care of yourself. You’re the one that has to put the work in,” Jim said. “It can be tough to do, but I’ve got great examples in my parents and my wife. They all could use a number of excuses, but they don’t.”

He explained that taking the time to stay healthy is the “furthest thing from being selfish.” He’s motivated to be healthy for his family. “You want to be around for them, and you want to be your best for them,” he said. He saw this in his father. “It’s had an impact because I have seen what the results are and how effective it’s been with my own dad and mom.”

Jim and Kathryn work out frequently. Kathryn cooks healthy family dinners most nights that include fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. “But there’s bread, too,” he said. “We’ve got growing kids.” They treat themselves everyone once in awhile, too. “Do we order out and have pizza sometimes? Yes, of course we do,” he said.

Kathryn is a certified fitness trainer and built a lifestyle brand called ShapeUpMom. She is dedicated to living a healthy but realistic lifestyle and helps busy women nurture themselves and their families. She’s written a successful book, Woman First, Family Always, and just launched Greek Girl Beauty Protein, an all-natural dietary supplement for women. Several years ago, Kathryn was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show while she was pregnant with their ninth child as an example of how it’s possible to be a busy mom and still stay in shape.

Jim and Kathryn also encourage their children to be active through sports. “I think it teaches them teamwork, competitiveness, fair play, and it’s good for their health,” Jim said. All of their children have participated in sports through school—from grade school, high school and to the college level.

Family focus

Jim and Kathryn have been married for 29 years. Their 10 children range in age from 10 to 28 years old. “Having a big family can be wonderful in so many ways. It’s not as hard as some people think it is,” Jim said. Family is central to their lives, from having dinners together to making memories on family trips. “I think it’s very important to all be together,” he said. Their older children visit home frequently. They enjoy being outdoors and fishing, skiing, hunting and working out. All of these can be done with the whole family. Their Catholic faith is also an important component of their lives.

Jim’s parents, Anthony, Sr., and Mary Anne Sansone, have had a significant positive impact on Jim and Kathryn. “They’re role models as parents, they’re role models as husband and wife, and my father’s a role model in business.” Jim is trained as an attorney and is a principal at the Sansone Group in St. Louis, the commercial real estate firm his father founded in 1957. Three of his brothers are also principals at the company. Jim admires his father’s business ethics and will to succeed. He said, “My dad’s always looking for ways for us to change and improve. He always says if you’re not going forward, you’re going backward.”

Jim, Kathryn, and their children visit Jim’s parents in Florida every Easter. They also spend a lot of time together when his parents are in St. Louis. Jim said, “My kids really look up to my mom and dad as inspirations and guides.” He appreciates the support for his children. “They say it takes a village. We’re lucky that we have a little village,” he said.

This August, Jim’s parents are taking the entire extended family on a South African safari to celebrate Mr. Sansone’s 90th birthday.

Supporting the community, supporting families

Jim is active in the St. Louis community and works with a number of charitable organizations. He serves on the Facilities and Grounds committee of St. Louis University High School and is a commissioner of the St. Louis Zoo. He recently chaired the zoo’s largest fundraiser, a biennial black tie event that raised the most money to date. “St. Louis Zoo is a great institution and provides so many things for the community, including conservation and education,” he said. “We like anything that supports families.”

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