Jackson Hospital will host its annual prostate cancer screenings next week, September 17-21, which marks National Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Free DRE exams will be offered along with optional PSA blood tests for an additional $20.
Monday, Sept. 17, 8am-noon
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 12-1:30pm
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8am-12noon
Friday, Sept. 21, 1-5pm
Please call 293-8805 for additional information or to register for this event.
Who is a prime candidate for testing?
The American Cancer Society says men 50 and older should be offered annual testing. African Americans and men with a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 should start testing at age 45; men at even higher risk could start screening at 40.
What warning signs can you look for?
A man with prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. However, some symptoms to acknowledge include:
Difficulty having an erection
Blood in the urine or semen
Frequent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
What is the PSA test and why is it done?
The PSA test on a blood sample drawn from the arm checks for increased levels of prostate-specific antigen, a protein made by the prostate. Because a high level of PSA may be a sign of prostate cancer, the test can be used to screen men for the disease before symptoms appear.
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