Prostate cancer screenings offered at Medical Center

September 07, 2006

Penn State Cancer Institute and the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are offering free prostate cancer screenings as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 20, medical staff will provide screenings at Penn State University Physician Group-Suite 3100, 500 University Drive, Hershey.

Men ages 40-75, and African-American men, Hispanic men, or men over the age of 35 with a family history of prostate cancer are eligible. The screening includes a prostate specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal exam. Although the screening is free of charge, registration is required and limited. To register, call the CareLine at (800) 243-1455.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in American men. In fact, more than 234,000 men will be diagnosed this year. Although screening guidelines vary, the Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) recommends men over the age of 40 or at-risk men over age 35 be screened annually.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is one of 500 screening sites across the country to offer free screenings in a program sponsored by the PCEC. The Medical Center has provided these free screenings for more than 15 years.

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