Edgardo Alfonzo, a former NY Mets second and third baseman who was part of an infield team considered among the best in Major League Baseball history, spoke at a Men’s Health Forum at NYU Winthrop Hospital, sharing his personal battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Alfonzo played with the Mets for seven years until 2002. Earlier this year, he was named Manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, a franchise affiliated with the Mets.
NY Mets alumni Edgardo Alfonzo discusses his personal fight to overcome prostate cancer with radio personality Ed Randall and a NYU Winthrop audience.
“I never thought prostate cancer was going to happen to me, being an athlete, especially at an early age,” said Mr. Alfonzo. “If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone, but with early detection, chances of survival vastly improve.” The Mets player was diagnosed, treated and cured at NYU Winthrop Hospital.
The Men’s Health Forum offered free prostate cancer screenings (PSA tests), and those in an at-risk age group – ages 40-80 – showing an abnormal PSA were then offered a 4Kscore diagnostic blood test. That test analyzes prostate specific biomarkers along with patient clinical information to accurately detect a man’s personalized risk for aggressive prostate cancer.
Dr. Aaron Katz, Chairman of Urology; Dr. Jon Haas, Urologist, Ed Randall, Dr. Anthony Corcoran, Uro-Oncologist; Dr. Jeffrey Schiff, Urologist. (Not pictured: Dr. Todd Carpenter, Radiation Oncology Physician).
The forum also featured a prestigious panel of experts who discussed advances in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. The panel was led by Aaron E. Katz, MD, a pioneer in the field of men’s health who developed cryosurgery to treat and cure prostate cancers. Dr. Katz is the Chairman of Urology at NYU Winthrop Hospital, and during panel discussions, posed prostate cancer scenarios to colleagues, who opined on how they would treat respective cases. The NYU Winthrop expert colleagues were Jeffrey T. Schiff, MD, Attending Urologist; Anthony T. Corcoran, MD, Uro-Oncologist; and Todd Carpenter, MD, Attending Physician, Radiation Oncology.
A spring Men’s Health Seminar is scheduled for June 16. Mark your calendar to hear the latest on early detection and treatment. For more information, please visit www.winthropyurology.com or call 1-866-WINTHROP.
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