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Our View: Take advantage of free prostate screening offer in Camellia City

With Relay For Life coming up this weekend, victims of cancer, cancer survivors, caregivers and prevention are on everyone’s minds.

On Saturday, May 11, the Urology Health Foundation will hold a free prostate cancer screening for men 40 years of age and older from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Butler County Health Department, located at 350 Airport Rd. in Greenville. No appointments are needed.

Prostate cancer will affect one in six American men during their lifetime and is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. Age and race are the strongest risk factors for prostate cancer. African-American men are at special risk for the disease, with the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. One in four African-American men will get prostate cancer sometime in their life and are more than twice as likely to die of the disease as white men. A man’s risk of prostate cancer also increases if he has a close relative with the disease.

According to Dr. Thomas Moody, President of the Urology Health Foundation, there are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages. If, however, a man with prostate cancer waits to act until he has symptoms, the cancer may already have grown outside the prostate and progressed to the point where it is rarely curable. Dr. Moody stresses that regular screening offers the best way to maximize a man’s chances of discovering the cancer while it is still in its early and most curable stages.

Screening for prostate cancer involves a simple blood test called a PSA that measures the level of protein called prostate-specific antigen in the blood.

Normally PSA is found in the blood at very low levels. Elevated PSA readings can be a sign of prostate cancer. A physical examination called a digital rectal exam or DRE is also given to detect prostate cancer. Together, these tests take about 10 minutes to perform and could save a man’s life.

Early detection and treatment are key factors in addressing prostate cancer. That is why on Saturday, May 11, 2019 men are encouraged to come to the Butler County Health Department to be screened.

For more information about this free screening, please contact the Butler County Health Department at (334) 382-3154.

Be sure to take advantage of this free service. Don’t become a statistic.