Free prostate cancer screening May 15

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the Urology Health Foundation will hold a free prostate cancer screening for men 40 years of age and older from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Butler County Health Department on 350 Airport Road in Greenville, Alabama.

Screening will involve a PSA blood test only. Face masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced. 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.

The PSA blood test measures the level of protein called prostate-specific antigen in the blood.

Normally PSA is found in the blood at very low levels. Elevated PSA readings can be a sign of prostate cancer.

Early detection and treatment are key factors in addressing prostate cancer.

That is why on Saturday, May 15, 2021 men are encouraged to come to the Butler County Health Department to be screened.

For more information about this free screening, please contact the Butler County Health Department at 334-382-3154.

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