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.