Did you know that approximately 28,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year and that the survival rate is nearly 100 percent when detected early?
That’s why Cape Girardeau Urology Associates and the Southeast Cancer Center are sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Cancer Center, 789 South Mount Auburn Road. Appointments are not necessary.
The screening, in conjunction with national Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, only takes a few minutes and consists of a simple blood test and a digital rectal exam.
Prostate cancer is a serious health concern for all men. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men and the second leading cause of cancer death.
Prostate cancer risk factors include:
Age. Over 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.
Race/Ethnicity. African American men have the highest risk of developing prostate cancer.
Family History. Your risk is higher if your father or brother has had prostate cancer.
Diet. A diet high in fat and low in healthy foods, being overweight with an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI) may put you at a greater risk for cancer.
Nationality. Prostate cancer is more common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, no matter your race or ethnicity. Men over 35 and those at high risk including African-Americans and men with a family history of prostate cancer are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this free screening. For more information, call 573-519-4847.