Free or Low-Cost Prostate Cancer Screenings Available
180,000 Americans, mostly men over 50, are expected to develop prostate
cancer this year. In the same period 37,000 men are expected to die of
the disease. Most of those men could have been saved by a simple,
annual screening exam that takes just a few minutes.
The 10th annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week will begin Monday, September 20th through Friday the 24th.
the Prostate Cancer Education Council, based in Golden, Colo., the
event will feature free or low-cost prostate cancer screenings at
hundreds of sites across the country.
"It is one of
the tragic ironies of modern medicine that the second leading cause of
cancer death among men is also the most easily detected, and easily
cured if detected early," laments Dr. E. David Crawford, noted
urologist, surgeon and chairman of the Prostate Cancer Education
Council. "Through education, as well as free and low-cost screenings,
it's our goal to put an end to this tragedy."
urge all men age 50 and over to have an annual prostate examination.
Those with family histories of prostate cancer or members of other
high-risk groups are encouraged to begin annual screenings at age 40.
locations of local screening sites during Prostate Cancer Awareness
Week the public may call the national toll-free information number at
(888) 755-7229. Those interested are urged to call early and make an
appointment to ensure their free or low-cost screening..
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