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Coffee Regional to hold Prostate Cancer Screening October 24 & 26

October 08, 2013

Did you know 1 out of 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime?  Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.  The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the U.S. for 2013 are: over 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed; over 29,720 will die because they didn’t get an examination or didn’t act soon enough

Prostate cancer is cancer that originates in the prostate gland, a male genital gland about the size of a walnut located in front of the rectum.  Cancer of the prostate is the most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancer) among American men.  There are two tests commonly used to detect prostate cancer, the PSA blood test (PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen) and the digital rectal exam (DRE) of the prostate gland.  For the DRE, the health care professional inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel any irregular or abnormally firm area, which may indicate that a tumor is present.  Most prostate cancers begin in the part of the prostate gland that can be reached by a DRE.  This exam also helps to detect early rectal tumors.  If either the PSA blood test or the DRE has an abnormal finding, further medical evaluation is needed.

            The risk of developing prostate cancer increases greatly with age.  More than 75% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.  Apart from age, little is understood about what puts a man at risk for prostate cancer or what puts African Americans at higher risks of developing the disease.

            The earlier prostate cancer is discovered, the better the chances are that it can be treated effectively.  If the tumor has not spread outside of the prostate gland to other areas of the body, the chances are good for a long-term survival, that is, living for many years with a good quality of life.  When prostate cancer is in its earliest stages (still confined to the prostate gland), it usually causes no pain or other symptoms.  That’s why the American Cancer Society is teaming up with Coffee Regional Medical Center and Urologist Dr. Al Mazur, of CRH Urology Center, to conduct low cost prostate cancer screenings for a reduced lab fee of only $10.00.   This screening will be held Thursday, October 24th   from 4 pm – 7 pm and again on Saturday, October 26th

from 8:0 0 a.m. to 10:0 a.m. at Coffee Regional Medical Center.  Call 383-6943 for more information.