Free Prostate Screening, Saturday, Feb. 26

West Chester, OH – For the second consecutive year, West Chester Hospital is offering free prostate screenings for men age 50 and older on Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). However, modern methods of detection and treatment mean that many prostate cancers are now found earlier and can be treated more effectively.

“Building upon the success of last year’s prostate screening event, we are pleased to once again offer this free service to the community,” said Kevin Joseph, MD, president and CEO of West Chester Hospital. “Our physicians and staff members, who donate their time and resources to conduct the event, are happy to be able to provide these exams to men who may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive the potentially life-saving screenings. As a member of the West Chester community, we are exceedingly proud to play an important role in ensuring a healthy future for our neighbors.”

A prostate exam – involving a simple digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test – can detect the early warning signs of cancer. Both the digital rectal exam and blood test will be available at the screening event and are recommended to ensure accurate results.

The ACS recommends that men should have an annual prostate exam beginning at age 50 unless they fall into a higher risk group, such as African American men, who should begin testing at age 45, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, who should begin receiving  annual exams at age 40.

Reservations for the free prostate screenings are required and space is limited. Men interested in receiving their free prostate screening test should call 513-298-FAST (3278) by February 11 to set up an appointment. A physician order is not required for this exam.

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