Memorial Hospital Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American men, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Every three minutes a man finds out he has prostate cancer, and nearly 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year alone.

While mortality rates are declining, more than twice as many black men die from prostate cancer than white men.

Since there are often no early warning signs of prostate cancer, the best way to beat prostate cancer is by detecting it in its earliest stage. And the only way to detect it early is through screening.

Men over the age of 50 and less than the age of 75 should have a digital rectal exam of the prostate gland and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test every year, and men at high risk for prostate cancer, including black men or men who have a history of prostate cancer in close family members, should begin screenings at an earlier age.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a prostate cancer screening, call Memorial/LSUHSC Family Practice Center at (337) 494-2023.