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Hometown Celebrity Comedian Tom Dressen Says Prostate Screenings are Nothing to Joke About

During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September), comedian Tom Dreesen shares his personal commitment to annual prostate screenings and discusses his own prostate health in an appearance at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, 815 Pasquinelli Drive, Westmont, on Friday, September 17  from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Chicago Prostate Cancer Center is also is offering men over 50 (who have not already been diagnosed with prostate cancer) a free prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening on September 17  between 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The screening will include a simple PSA blood test, which will detect if a man has elevated or rising PSA levels, digital rectal exam, physician consultation and immediate results. The results of these procedures could indicate that further testing should be performed to rule out prostate cancer.  Appointments can be made by calling 630.654.2515. 

“I’m here to tell other guys that prostate cancer screenings are no joke,” explains Dreesen. “I’ve had experience with my own prostate health and learned that it can be sneaky if you aren’t vigilant about regular testing.”

Originally from south suburban Harvey, a long-time opening act for Frank Sinatra who has made 61 appearances on the Tonight Show and recently hosted Late Show With David Letterman, Dreesen stars in a new television spot for Chicago Prostate Cancer Center promoting the importance of annual prostate screenings. He will also tell a few jokes and sign autographs at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center on September 17.

Currently, one in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second most common form of cancer (behind skin cancer) among men. Early detection provides the greatest chance of cure. Experts recommend all men over 50 and African-American men over 40 receive a yearly exam.

Although the exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, research has shown that men with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop prostate cancer. Having a risk factor doesn’t mean that you will get prostate cancer, but rather you are at greater risk of developing the disease. Risk factors include:

Ø      Age: Men over 50

Ø      Family history: Men with brothers or fathers with prostate cancer

Ø      Race: Prostate cancer is more common in African-American men.

Free “Understanding Your PSA” Guide

Chicago Prostate Cancer Center is also offering a free “Understanding Your PSA” handy guide on its website, This two-page resource answers basic questions about the PSA test and who is most at risk for prostate cancer.

About Chicago Prostate Cancer Center

Chicago Prostate Cancer Center was established in 1997 with the goal of providing patients comprehensive care focused on the treatment of prostate cancer with brachytherapy. It offers a compassionate and congenial environment to ensure a safe, efficient and pleasant experience every step of the way. It is also committed to the ongoing pursuit of better methods for improving treatment outcomes and enhancing patient quality of life. For more information, visit or call 630.654.2515.

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