Free Prostate Screening to be Held February 9

The Urology Health Foundation will hold a free prostate cancer screening for men 40 years of age and older on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Pickens County Health Department on 80 William E. Hill Drive in Carrollton. No appointments are needed.

Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 6 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. 1 in 4 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.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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