North Mississippi Medical Center and Urology Professional Association Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

September 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

If you live in Mississippi area and are concerned about your prostate health then you should take advantage of the free prostate cancer screening organized jointly by the North Mississippi Medical Center and the Urology Professional Association.

The tests will come up today, Saturday September 15 and next Saturday September 22. The free screening will be available by appointment and begins at 8 a.m. local time.

Here are more details on this free screening program as published online:

In an effort to promote the importance of men’s health, North Mississippi Medical Center and Urology Professional Association will offer free prostate screenings for men over age 40 Saturdays, September 15 and 22.

The free screenings will be available by appointment beginning at 8 a.m. at the NMMC Cancer Center, located at 990 S. Madison St.

Interested individuals are asked to make an appointment for the free prostate screenings by calling (662) 377-7100.

Appointments are available for each Saturday screening. This screening is for men who do not see a urologist on a regular basis.

“Excluding skin and lung cancer, prostate cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer among American men,” said Kristopher Whitehead, M.D., a local urologist. “Although breast cancer awareness has made tremendous strides, national focus for topics affecting men’s health are lagging. We are excited to participate in this campaign to increase awareness and early detection of prostate cancer.”

Screenings will consist of a prostate exam by a urologist and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.

The test requires drawing blood to measure the body’s level of prostate specific antigen.

PSA is a protein produced by prostate cells that can be elevated in the blood of men with prostate cancer.

According to the American Urological Association, prostate cancer defense begins at 40.

Talk with your doctor to learn more about your prostate health and cancer risk.

Not all prostate cancers require active treatment and not all are life-threatening.

The decision to proceed with active treatment is one that men should discuss in detail with their urologist.

Not every treatment is perfect for every man. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, talk to your doctor about what is right for you.

Know Your Stats and don’t let prostate cancer take you out of the game. Source.

September is the prostate cancer awareness month and this is a period many organizations and individuals take steps to create awareness of the disease.

Prostate cancer is estimated to kill more than 30000 men every year in the United States alone( according to the National Cancer Institute).

By providing free screening, men will get better understanding of the condition.

The prostate specific antigen test is still relevant but the decision of going for the right treatment is entirely yours and the doctor to make after weighing the pros and cons of each treatment.

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