Aug 24, 2012 by Sallie Barker
As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Upson Regional Medical Center and Board Certified physicians on its Medical Staff will offer a potentially life-saving screening for men, at no cost.
The hospital will provide free prostate and colorectal screenings Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center, which is located right off of the Main Lobby.
Last year, more than 400 men were screened, and that’s important because Upson County has slightly higher prostate cancer death rates than the state or U.S..
Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in males, behind lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that this year, more than 217, 730 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and 32,050 men will die from it.
Local Urologist Dr. Dan Bridges said, “Screening for prostate cancer is extremely important, because it is so common in men, and is highly curable when diagnosed in early stages.”
Candidates for Upson’s free prostate screening should be male, age 40 or older. Men wishing to be screened will have both a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, and a digital rectal exam (DRE) with screening for occult blood performed simultaneously for all patients.
All results will be sent to each man’s primary care physician for follow-up, and patients will be notified of their normal or abnormal results, said Dr. Bridges.
Preventive screenings are important, said hospital CEO David Castleberry. “We want to provide this service to the public,” he said. “We believe it’s important for men to come in and take care of themselves proactively.”
Pre-registration for the screening is recommended. To register, call (706) 647-8111 ext. 1519.