Penn State Hershey offers free prostate cancer screenings

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and Penn State Hershey Urology at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are offering free prostate cancer screenings as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Screenings will be held in on Monday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University Physician Center in suite 3100 on the campus of the Medical Center. Space is limited and appointments are available on a first-call basis. To register, call the CareLine at 800-243-1455.

The screening includes a prostate specific antigen (protein) blood test and a digital rectal exam. Men should consider screening at age 50. African-American men or men with a family history of prostate cancer may want to consider screening at age 45.

Prostate cancer strikes one in six American men. When caught and treated early, prostate cancer has a cure rate of more than 90 percent.

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, including detection and prevention, minimally invasive surgical treatment, educational programs and support groups for patients with cancer and their families. For more information, or to take an online cancer risk assessment, visit http://www.pennstatehershey.org/cancer online.

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Last Updated September 15, 2010