Prostate Cancer Screening Day Saturday

The 2011 Prostate Cancer Screening Day this Saturday will offer information about prostate cancer and the tests to detect its presence for men between 40 and 55 followed by individual appointments for free testing.

THESE MEN KNOW the importance of regular prostate testing.

THESE MEN KNOW the importance of regular prostate testing.

The 2011 Prostate Cancer Screening Day this Saturday will offer information about prostate cancer and the tests to detect its presence for men between 40 and 55 followed by individual appointments for free testing.

This screening is limited to men between 40 and 55 who have not had previous PSA tests and will establish individual base readings for future routine checkups. Men who have a family (father,

uncles, brothers) history of prostate cancer should take advantage of this opportunity to establish their own base reading.

The day begins at 9 a.m. and all participants must pre-register by phoning 250 338-8235 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. to attend and to obtain free PSA blood tests following a completed DRE.

Dr. Aaron Clark, a local urologist, will speak on prostate health and the importance of regular checks. Prostate cancer is a leading medical concern for men over 40.

PSA testing is a crucial early indicator of possible prostate cancer.  DRE is the physical component of the examination to evaluate the possible presence of cancer.

Urologists providing this testing at no cost to the participants are assisted by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, the Comox Valley Nursing Centre (VIHA), St. Joseph’s Community Laboratory Services, North Island College Nursing Department and Prostate Cancer Canada Network — Comox Valley thanks to generous donations by the Forbidden Plateau Barbershop Chorus.

Many men avoid the issue when something goes wrong with their body. Currently, four of five men wait too long before going to see their family doctor.

As a result, treatable illnesses like prostate cancer frequently cause unnecessary misery particularly as there are few symptoms.

Prostate Cancer Screening Day will begin at 9 a.m. with openings for those men who have pre-registered. Admission is free and there will be complimentary refreshments.

To register or for further information, phone 250-338-8235 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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