Prostate health researcher to speak at Temple

Richard Albin

Temple Emanu-El will hold a free health awareness seminar, “Prostate Cancer: Every Man Needs a Plan,” with Richard J. Ablin, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Ablin is a research professor of immunobiology and pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and president of the Robert Benjamin Ablin Foundation for Cancer Research. He earned his doctorate in biology from the University of Buffalo, where he continued his training in immunology as a United States Public Health Service postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences .

In 1970, Ablin discovered the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland that is often elevated in the presence of prostate cancer. Ablin also is a pioneer in cryosurgery, which is the use of extreme cold to destroy malignant and benign tumors, as well as “cryoimmunotherapy” for the treatment of cancer.

When a diagnosis of prostate cancer is made, “the whole family’s welfare and survival is threatened,” says Ablin, who encourages women to attend the seminar with their husbands. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are requested at 327-4501.