Primary Care and Dr. Gousse Spring Health Fair a Tremendous Success
April 1, 2015 | 8:16 AM EDT
By Dessalines Ferdinand
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Primary Center and Dr. Gousse Spring Health Fair was held at the Primary Medical Care Center in Miami. The event took place between 8:30 AM and 2 PM.
There were more than 300 participants at this event with dozens of community health groups volunteering various services. Some of those groups included Humana and Azure College. Participants were able to obtain information on senior health services, nutrition, fitness, and diabetes.
Both male and female individuals over the age of 40 were seen by volunteer doctors and nurses at the Spring Health Fair for a variety of health issues, including cancer prostate, blood pressure, diabetic/blood sugar testing, vision, HIV, massage, glucose, cholesterol, and much more.
Renowned Haitian-American urologist Dr. Angelo E. Gousse, MD, took center stage at the event with interesting lectures regarding prostate problems as well as sexual problems in men and women.
Dr. Angelo Gousse is a board-certified urological surgeon. He is a former professor of urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and served as Vice Chairman and of the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics urology service. He served in this capacity for 10 years and was also the Urology Residency Program Director and Fellowship Director for female urology, urodyna-mics, and reconstructive surgery. He is a leading pioneer in adult development for optimal dosage of neurotoxins to help manage bladder dysfunction and has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, textbook chapters, journal articles, and abstracts.
Dr. Gousse conducted a 2-hour presentation regar-ding prostate cancer. He said, "Prostate cancer is cancer that begins in tissues of the prostate gland. Located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate is the male sex gland responsible for the production of semen. Fortunately, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable latencies if it's caught early."
He suggested that males conduct 'routine screening' beginning at the age of 40 for Black men and 50 for White men. He stated that earlier screening has helped improve diagnosis of prostate cancer and that helps long-term outlooks. There are two types of prostate cancer; one grows relatively slowly and the other grows rapidly. Dr. Gousse recommended active surveillance and various treatment options for men. He said, "If your dad or grandfather died from prostate cancer, you have a greater chance to have prostate cancer yourself. It is a genetic aspect to this disease. 50 years ago, it was hard to diagnose prostate cancer, but to date, new and innovative technology helps doctors discovered the cancer at earlier stages and this leads to better treatment options with minimal side effects. Some common side effects can include incontinence and erectile dysfunction."
According to Dr. Gousse, there is a simple blood test called PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) that may be able to detect a potential problem with the prostate. It is usually detectable after a man reaches 40 years of age. If the PSA reading is less than 4 ng/mL, the individual usually doesn't have anything to worry about. If the PSA levels are greater than 4, it is considered suspicious. When levels increase above 10 ng/mL, the probability of cancer increases dramatically. He noted that not all men with prostate cancer have elevated PSA levels, but it is one of many diagnostic tools that help to detect this form of cancer as early as possible.
Dr. Gousse said, "In this case, you need to obtain an accurate, detailed image of what's going on in the prostate. You need to have a biopsy from an expert to gain the best available imaging. This will give you peace of mind and avoid spending this time on additional testing. For a specialist, the most crucial test that helps to accurately detect prostate cancer is a rectal examination." Dr. Gousse recommended men have this test done on an annual basis.
Several well-known personalities in the Haitian community stopped by the event and founder and Executive Director for Primary Medical Care Center and Urgent Care Clinic, Princeton Jean Glaude, welcomed them all as they arrived. Jean Glaude is a successful entrepreneur in the Haitian community and constantly seeks ways to give back to the community.
He said, "I am grateful that so many people showed up. This is one of the missions we have. Besides doing business, at the same time we want to make sure we give back to the community, to make such an impact on people's lives, especially patients in need. We are here to help the underserved population. We are proud to team up with Dr. Gousse to offer this fair to the general population, especially those men and women who never have a chance in their lives to be educated on health and sexual pro-blems. I am so grateful to Dr. Gousse whom, despite his busy calendar, took time out to come participate, free of charge."
Joseph Desterne, a 78-year-old participant who lives in North Miami Beach and who has been a patient at the Primary Medical Care Center & Urgent Care Clinic said, "I really appreciate the partnership between Primary Medical Care and Dr. Gousse who put this fair together to help people in need like me. I'm really happy to participate and I learned a lot about some sexual problems in men, particularly about the prostate."
Dr. Gousse was asked if he would continue to orga-nize this health fair in the future and he said, "I think it would be great to do such an event at least once a year. This kind of event will prevent the loss of many lives. I enjoy teaching about sexual problems to those who have never had an opportunity to see a urologist."
Dr. Angelo Gousse, Princeton Jean Glaude, and the entire staff at Primary Medical Center thanked all of those who made this health fair such a success. Volunteers, sponsors, local media who helped spread the word, and everyone else make events like this successful and worthwhile.