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FREE Prostate Blood Screenings for Men’s Health Month

June 07, 2012

(Augusta, GA)  – June is Men’s Health Month, created to raise awareness of preventable health problems and early detection of diseases in men, to include prostate cancer. 

It’s estimated that more than two million men in America are currently living with prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, and 1 out of every 6 men will diagnosed with this disease during their lifetime.  “Research has proven that prostate cancer is almost 100 percent survivable if caught in its earliest stages,” said Lance Danko, the Director of Oncology Services.  Since the best weapon in fighting prostate cancer is early detection, Doctors Hospital will be offering FREE prostate cancer screenings.

What: FREE PSA Blood Screening

When: Sunday, June 10th – Saturday, June 16th daily from 7 AM – 7 PM

Where: Doctors Hospital Laboratory

Who: Men ages 50 and older, those at higher risk such as African-Americans.  Men with a family history should begin at age 40.

This screening involves a simple blood test called a PSA which stands for prostate-specific antigen. The PSA test is used primarily to screen for prostate cancer before symptoms appear. A PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) found in the blood. PSA is a protein produced in the prostate, a small gland about the size and shape of a walnut that sits below a man's bladder.  If a man’s PSA level is elevated, it is possible that he may have prostate cancer and additional testing is advised. 

No appointment or insurance is necessary.  Please report to Central Registration during regular business hours or directly to the hospital Laboratory afterhours or on the weekend.  For more information call: (706) 651-4343.

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