Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

More than 180,000 men in the U.S. will get prostate cancer in 2017. Prostate cancer in the early stages has few or no symptoms. Men at risk include those between ages 55 and 69, African-American men age 40 and over and men over age 40 with a family history of the disease.

More than 50 percent of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate. When prostate cancer spreads, symptoms may include bone pain, weight loss, fatigue or shortness of breath.

YNHH will hold a free prostate cancer screening from 5 - 7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 14 at Yale New Haven Hospital's Saint Raphael Campus, 330 Orchard Street, Suite 164. The screening includes a clinical prostate exam and PSA blood test.

To register, call for an appointment toll-free 1-888-700-6543 or select an appointment time online (search the term "prostate"). There are several appointment slots available. Walk-ins also welcome. Parking is free; bring your ticket for validation.

See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms: frequent or difficult urination; urgent need to urinate; pain in the lower back and in the area between the rectum and the testicles; pain or a burning sensation while urinating; or blood in the urine.

For more information about prostate cancer and health, visit our Health Library. If you or a loved one has prostate cancer, here are some tips for how family members can help support the men in their lives.


Preventing falls: It's a matter of balance

As you get older, physical changes and health conditions – and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions – make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, YNHH will offer a free fall prevention awareness event for seniors and their loved ones. "A Matter of Balance" will begin with registration at 9 am, followed by lectures and screenings from 9:30 am - 2 pm. Lectures include:

  • 9:30 am: "Are you at risk for a fall?"
  • 10:30 am: "Measuring your risk of a broken bone"
  • 11:30 am: "Nutrition and healthy bones: Making healthy choices"
  • 12:30 pm: "Simple steps to preventing falls"
  • 1:30 pm: "Yoga your way to better balance" (interactive demonstration)

The following screenings will be held by appointment:

  • Medication Review
  • Vision
  • Balance
  • Hearing – Acuity Hearing Solutions, LLC
  • Blood Pressure

The events will be held in the Cronin Auditorium at the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven. Free educational material will be available. Parking is free. To register, call 203-789-3275.

The event is sponsored by Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) CareCard, YNHH Auxiliary and the Connecticut Older Adult Collaboration for Health.


Free lecture: How to have a healthy gut

We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Probiotics are the "good" bacteria that live in our gut and have many beneficial effects on the body, including aiding in digestions, regulating metabolism, fighting pathogens and boosting the immune system in both adults and children.

Join Arik Alper, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, at "The Truth Behind Probiotics," a free lecture at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Dr. Alper will discuss how you can gain control over your probiotic health through the use of food and supplements. Register online or call 888-700-6543.


Can you prevent kidney stones?

Kidney stones can cause significant pain and discomfort. Did you know that kidney stones are more common in people with high blood pressure? They are also more common in people who people who:

  • Have gout
  • Take in too much vitamin D
  • Have a blockage or infection of the urinary tract
  • Take certain water pills (diuretics) or calcium-based antacids
  • Have inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Have had an intestinal bypass or ostomy surgery

Fortunately, there are things you can do to lower your risk of developing stones. Join Neera Dahl, MD, and Dinesh Singh, MD, cofounders of the Urology/Nephrology Kidney Stone Clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital, for a free health educational lecture as they discuss medical, surgical, and dietary management of this all-too-common medical condition.

"Treatment and Prevention of Kidney Stones" will be held from 7 - 8 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Register online or by calling 888-700-6543.

If you can't make it to the free lecture, you can learn more about how the stones develop and what you can do to prevent them in this video.


New Advances in Colon Cancer Screening

Let's face it. No one looks forward to a colonoscopy, or the prep that goes with it. Join David J. Hass, MD, YNHH medical director of gastroenterology and associate clinical professor Yale School of Medicine, for an informative discussion on what's new in screening for colon cancer, both invasive and non-invasive, and how to maintain good colon health.

The free presentation will be held from 6 - 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Cronin Auditorium at YNHH Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel St. Free parking is provided in the George Street Garage (Bring your ticket for validation). Register by phone at 1-800-700-6543 or online. For more information about colon cancer screening, visit our Health Library. Or watch this video to see how a colonoscopy is done and what a doctor can see inside your body.

"New Advances in Colon Cancer Screening" is sponsored by YNHH CareCard, YNHH Auxiliary and the Connecticut Older Adult Collaboration for Health.


Consider joining the YNHH Auxiliary!

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is a diverse, dedicated and dynamic group of women and men who devote their free time to developing initiatives that help support the hospital's mission. As a member, you can be as active as your schedule allows – you can join committees, help out in the Thrift Shop , attend educational lectures and social activities, or participate in philanthropic endeavors such as the Toy Closet or the scholarship program. New members are always welcome and contributions in any amount are appreciated. Call 203-688-5717 or learn more about becoming a member today!


Free blood pressure screenings

YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at a variety of community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times or for more information.


Walk and talk with YNHH doctors

Take a walk and chat with local healthcare professionals as part of YNHHS's Get Healthy Walk 'N Talk. Held on every Saturday starting at 9 am on the Farmington Canal Trail, New Haven. Walkers should meet at 8:45 am at the corner of Shelton Ave. and Starr St. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church. Register at For more information, contact Andy Orefice at 203-688-5671 or [email protected].


Tell us what you think!

Want to learn more about a particular health topic or service? Questions about classes and events at YNHH? Tell us what you like about "Advancing Care" – or send suggestions for improvement or changes. Email [email protected] and let us know how we can better serve your health needs.


Referrals for physicians and surgeons

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or visit the website for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.


YNHHS patients: Do you have MyChart?

MyChart gives Yale New Haven Health System patients secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record (EMR). There you can see your medical history, most laboratory and test results, appointment information, medications, allergies, immunizations and other health information. You can schedule appointments with your doctor, request or renew prescriptions, see your billing and insurance information and send and receive secure, confidential electronic messages with your doctor's office. Ask your healthcare provider for a MyChart brochure or your MyChart Activation Code. Then go to and select "Sign Up Now."


Make a lasting impact at YNHH

Help support the mission of Yale New Haven Hospital with a donation! Your contributions support vital programs, services and facilities within the hospital and help keep Yale New Haven at the forefront of innovative treatment. When you make a gift to YNHH, you are part of the advanced medicine and compassionate commitment that touch so many lives in our community.


Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, Sept. 18 and Monday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.