Augusta Health Cancer Center offers free annual prostate cancer screening
Augusta Health Cancer Center will conduct its annual free Prostate Cancer Screening on Wednesday, Sept. 19 beginning at 5:30 pm. The screening will be held on the first floor of the Cancer Center and is open to men aged 40 and above, or African-American men or men with a family history of prostate cancer aged 35 and above. Call 540.332.5961 or 540.932.5961 for an appointment.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in men. The Prostate Conditions Education Council notes that although prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent survivable if detected early, more than 28,000 men will die from the disease this year. For African-American men, the risk for prostate cancer doubles. There are often no early warning signs or symptoms, so the best way to detect the disease in its early states is through a blood test (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE). These exams will be provided by local physicians in the free screening.
Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for clinical excellence and patient safety.