CRMC to hold prostate cancer screenings in December
Did you know one out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), Prostate Cancer is rare in men younger than 40, however the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. About six in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men older than 65. Prostate cancer develops more often in African-American men and these men tend to be younger. Prostate cancer occurs less often in Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino men than in non-Hispanic whites. Unfortunately, the reasons for these racial and ethnic differences are not clear.
Coffee Regional Medical Center will hold its annual prostate cancer screening event in December. There will be two sessions: Thursday, December 5 from 4pm-7pm and Saturday, December 7th, from 8am-11am. No appointment is necessary; simply show up at one of the screening events. There will be a reduced lab fee of $10 which will be for the PSA blood test. The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is an antigen found in the blood, therefore the PSA blood test can determine if these levels are elevated and if further testing is needed. An elevated PSA can indicate prostate cancer; however it is important to note that not all elevated PSA levels are caused by cancer. The digital rectal exam will also be included in this screening.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates that over 174,650 new cases of Prostate Cancer in the U.S. for 2019 will be diagnosed. Over 31,620 men will die because they didn’t get an examination or didn’t act soon enough. That's why Coffee Regional Medical Center and Al Mazur, M.D., of CRH Urology Group, are teaming up to conduct a low cost, prostate cancer screening for a reduced lab fee of only $10.
Please encourage your friends and family to remain vigilant in their health and attend this screening if they meet the risk factors and/or have not seen their family physician for this important screening. Questions regarding this screening can be directed to Danny McCarty (912) 383-5678 or CRH Urology Group (912) 384-4030.