All posts by Sara Boppre



In November, the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition designed an online campaign to promote prostate cancer awareness and provide support to the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition. Participation is simple. Create your page here by uploading a picture of your NovemBEARD, telling your story, then sharing with family and friends.

1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and we are here to spread the word that early detection saves lives. We all can do this together.


Bladder Control Seminar Discusses Effective Treatment Options

Bladder Control Seminar Discusses Effective Treatment Options

Bladder control issues are not a normal part of aging and there are options for relief.

Learn about effective bladder control treatments at a free educational webinar presented by Dr. Vanessa Elliott of Urology of Central PA and Medtronic. The webinar will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 1, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST.

Dr. Elliott will share her insight into bladder control symptoms, diagnoses, and options for treatment. A question and answer session will be offered at the end of the webinar.

Uncontrollable urges, frequent accidents, and going to the bathroom multiple times at night can be embarrassing, exhausting, and isolating. Millions of men and women suffer from bladder control issues, such as an overactive bladder or stress urinary incontinence.

Do not let bladder control and incontinence limit you. Dr. Elliott’s years of experience and training in the latest technology and options have helped many patients.

Register for the free educational seminar today:
Zoom Registration


Virtual Men’s Health Seminar Presented by Dr. R. Scott Owens

On Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m., men will have the opportunity to learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for an enlarged prostate from UCPA’s Dr. R. Scott Owens. He will share about his experience in diagnosing BPH and treatments that have proven effective.

Some symptoms of an enlarged prostate, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), include frequent urination during the day and night, urgency, or difficulty going. The condition affects more than 40 million men in the U.S., but there is help. Effective, minimally-invasive treatment options are available.

Dr. Owens, was recently recognized as a UroLift ® Center of Excellence physician. He is the only designee in Central PA and only one of five in the state. A UroLift® Center of Excellence designation recognizes higher level training and experience, coupled with a commitment to exemplary care for men with BPH.

To join us for this virtual men’s health seminar on November 17, at 7 p.m., enter your name and email address through the registration link. Virtual log-in information will be sent to via email prior to the event. To register for the seminar, click here:

To learn more about Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, click here.

To learn more about Dr. R. Scott Owens, click here.

For more information about the UroLift® System, click here.


ZERO Prostate Cancer Virtual Run/Walk 2020 – THANK YOU!

ZERO Prostate Cancer Virtual Run/Walk 2020 – THANK YOU!

Over the past thirteen years, our Harrisburg area community has demonstrated a significant commitment to defeating prostate cancer. Though very different this year, our community’s support for men and their families did not wane – thank you!

This year our community raised $94,176 through the Virtual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Celebration! Over the past thirteen years, we have raised nearly $1.1 million dollars to help prostate cancer patients and their families. More than 170,000 people have participated in our ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk events and $23,567 has been donated in community grants for testing, research, education and support in our local area. This has directly helped 254 men and their families in the Harrisburg area.

Your continued support is invaluable. Thank you for your commitment to ending prostate cancer and helping those suffering from the disease now. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2021 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk!


2021 Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting Dates Announced

Whether you are newly diagnosed and learning about prostate cancer or a long-term survivor interested in the newest prostate cancer treatment and management, these sessions are for you. The Prostate Cancer Support Group is designed to support patients with open discussion about coping, adjusting, and problem-solving. Members are encouraged to share their experiences and feelings in an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity.

Meeting topics are presented by speakers and discuss prostate cancer treatments, anxiety, nutrition, men’s health and more.

In 2021, meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. All meetings are being held virtually until further notice.

2021 Meeting Dates:
January 21
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16

To register, please email You will receive an automatic response with upcoming support group information. Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings are coordinated in partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

For more information or to ask questions about the UCPA / UPMC Prostate Cancer Support Group, please call (717) 724-0720 or (717) 763-1174.


December Virtual Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting Date Announced

All prostate cancer patients, survivors and their families are invited to the December Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting, scheduled for Thursday, December 3, from 6 – 8 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually.

This month’s topic is Men’s Sexual Health. The meeting will present information that may pertain to men coping with prostate cancer, provide open discussion about adjusting and problem solving, and provide support attendees and their families.

Registration is required to attend. Please email Instructions to log into the meeting will be sent to all pre-registered participants. For questions, call UCPA at 717-724-0720 or 717-763-1174.

Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings are hosted jointly by UPMC and UCPA.


BCAN Announces Fall Virtual Walk to End Bladder Cancer & Virtual Bladder Cancer Summit for Patients & Families

UCPA encourages you to join the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) for two special events.

The Virtual Walk to End Bladder Cancer will be held online on Saturday, October 3, at 11 a.m. ET. A special Virtual Walk broadcast will take place on BCAN’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels at 11 a.m. ET.

BCAN will hold it’s first-ever Virtual Bladder Cancer Summit for Patients and Families on Saturday, October 10, at 1 p.m. ET. The event will offer content from leading doctors and special breakout sessions. Registration is required.

To participate in these special events, please visit

Donations to the Bladder Care Advocacy Network fund bladder cancer research, raises awareness of bladder cancer, and provide free education and support services to patients and caregivers.


My Journey with Prostate Cancer: Cal Ripken, Jr.

Tune in to hear about Cal Ripken, Jr.’s journey with prostate cancer on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 12 noon. Registration is required. To register, click the link below.

Exosome Diagnostics, a Bio-Techne brand, has established a new partnership with Hall of Famer and baseball’s all-time “Iron Man”, Cal Ripken Jr. He is a 2007 Hall of Famer, 19-time All-Star, and two-time MVP. This year marks 25 years since Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive game, eclipsing the thought to be unbreakable record of 2,130 set by the legendary Lou Gehrig. He went on to play an additional 501 games before finishing his baseball career with 2,632 consecutive games. Recently the 21-year Major League veteran divulged that earlier this year he was diagnosed with and successfully treated for prostate cancer.

The ExoDx Prostate (EPI) test played an important role in the management of Cal’s prostate cancer and he would like to share his journey with you in this webinar.

We believe Cal’s story is powerful and compelling and hope you will join us.

Registration is required. Register here: .