Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 218,890 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2007.
The American Cancer Society recommends doctors offer the PSA blood test and DRE (digital rectal exam) yearly, beginning at age 50 to men who do not have any major medical problems and can be expected to live at least 10 more years. Men at high risk should begin testing at age 45. Men at high risk include African American men and men who have a close relative (father, brother, or son) who had prostate cancer before age 65. Men at even higher risk (because they have several close relatives with prostate cancer at an early age) could begin testing at age 40.
In October, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, along with Drs. Gregory Cook and Robert Rice of Executive Urology Inc., will sponsor a free prostrate screening clinic so men can have both of these preventative screenings that detect the cancer in its early stages.
Men can have a free screening from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the FTMC Cancer Care Center, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk.
The screening includes an exam and PSA blood test. Space is limited and appointments are required. In addition, a variety of other screenings and men's health information will be provided. For more information and to register call (419) 660-2646.