Free prostate cancer screenings and educational programs offered

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

Screenings will be held in Hershey on Monday, Sept. 21, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University Physician Center -- Suite 3100 on the campus of the Medical Center. Space is limited. Appointments are available on a first-call basis.

Screenings will be held in Harrisburg on Thursday, Sept. 10, and Thursday, Sept. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Penn State Hershey Medical Group at 1711 N. Front St. Registration is not required.

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

Free educational programs about prostate cancer will be held in Harrisburg from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the YMCA at 701 N. Front St. (registration is recommended but not required), and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Bethesda Mission at 611 Reily St.

To register or for questions, please call the CareLine at 800-243-1455.

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.

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Last Updated September 03, 2009