Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. Early detection is the most effective action a person can take, as it aids in the identification of cancer earlier and enables proactive, more effective medical treatment. Yet, many men do not undergo regular screenings resulting in an estimated 220,900 new cases of prostate cancer in the U.S. this year according to the American Cancer Society (ACS.)
In recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Infirmary Health and Fox 10 News are partnering together to provide free prostate cancer screenings (PSA), educational information about prostate cancer and the latest advances in treatment options, including the da Vinci Surgical Robot System to the first 100 men on Friday, September 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in both Mobile and Baldwin County. Screenings require a simple blood draw, and results are provided by the labs at North Baldwin Infirmary, Thomas Hospital and Diagnostic & Medical Clinic.
PSA Screening Locations:
Fox 10 News Station
1501 Satchel Paige Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36606
Thomas Fitness Center, Seminar Room
750 Morphy Avenue
Fairhope, Alabama 36532
North Baldwin Infirmary
North Baldwin Fitness Center, Conference Room
1815 Hand Avenue
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
Statistics show that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. A male is 33 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is with breast cancer. The good news is that while prostate cancer is common, it is also highly treatable when caught early. The ACS recommends that men should have an annual prostate exam beginning at age 50 unless they fall into a higher risk group, such as African-American men, who should begin testing at age 45, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, who should begin receiving annual exams at age 40. Warning signs for serious prostate problems may include weak or interrupted flow of urine, the need to urinate frequently, blood in the urine and chronic pain in the lower back, pelvis and upper thighs.
In addition to the screening, Infirmary Health is encouraging the community to utilize a Prostate Cancer Awareness Ribbon for email signatures and other social media outlets as a reminder for men age 50 (and high risk) and above to schedule an annual health physical to be screened.
To find a physician or to learn more about the upcoming prostate cancer screenings, visit infirmaryhealth.org/calendar.
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