ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's not a doctor's visit that most men look forward to, but it's a visit that could save their lives.
Free Prostate Screenings are being offered this Saturday at Phoebe Putney hospital in the Radiation Oncology department. Both blood tests and physical exams will be conducted.
As with most cancers, the earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better the chance for survival.
September is prostate awareness month, and Phoebe has held these free screenings for about 10 years, and every year, more men show up.
Free Prostate Screenings are being offered Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Phoebe. Phoebe phlebotomists and nurses will draw blood for PSAs to detect prostate cancer early.
Phoebe Cancer Center radiation oncologists and urologists from Albany Urology and Allen Urology will be volunteering to help with these tests. The event will be held at Phoebe Medical Tower I, lower level, in Radiation Oncology.
"I think that mostly, because men are finally beginning to be proactive about their health. They finally are, good news," Patricia Swain of Phoebe Putney Hospital.
The tests are available for men 50 and older, and for black men age 45 and up. Black men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as white men.