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September 17, 2013

Free prostate screenings available Friday

THOMASVILLE — The American Cancer Society estimates that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, and it's predicted that 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year.

Experts say risk factors include age, family history, ethnicity and overall health.

Though prostate cancer is a serious disease, the good news is most men diagnosed  will not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

“Prostate cancer can often be found early and in its most treatable stages through two different screening tests,” said Archbold Primary Care physician Dale Wing, MD. “A test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man's blood is often used along with a physician exam, referred to as a digital rectal exam (DRE) that is performed to check the prostate gland for abnormal growth or enlargement.”

 On Friday, Wing and Archbold’s Brooks Medical Associates family physicians Frantz E. Felix, MD, and Michael Sopt, MD, will join Archbold’s oncologists to offer free prostate cancer screenings from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Singletary Oncology Center. Results for all tests will be provided at no cost to participants as a clinical outreach effort supporting Archbold’s Core Value of Community Benefit.

 "Early detection is the key to successful treatment for most types of cancer," said Bill Tustin, administrator of the Singletary Oncology Center. "We encourage men in our community over the age of 50 to take advantage of this free screening opportunity, even if they aren't experiencing any symptoms associated with the disease."

 For more information on the free prostate cancer screening, call the Singletary Oncology Center, (229) 584-5400. 

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