CoxHealth is Providing Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
A cancer center in Springfield is providing free screenings for the most common type of cancer found in American men. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.
CoxHealth will offer free prostate cancer screenings for men who are at least 50 years old and have not had a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test in the past year.
Dr. Howard Follis is a urologist at the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic in Springfield.
He says if men have a family member that has had prostate cancer, then those men should be screened at the age of 45.
“The most significant risk factor for prostate cancer is a family history of prostate cancer in other members of the family. We don’t know exactly what causes prostate cancer therefore we don’t know exactly how to prevent it. Prostate cancer does occur in about 14 percent of all men in America,” Follis said.
Follis says the risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age.
The free screenings will be offered Wednesday, September 24 from 8-10 am at the CoxHealth Hulston Cancer Center.
Registration is required by today.
For more information, or to register, call 269-INFO.