Bon Secours offers free screenings for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, and one of the leading causes of cancer death. Early detection is crucial, so Bon Secours is offering free prostate screenings for those most at risk this September.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says African American men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men. They’re also more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than other men. The disease also tends to hit them at an earlier age, meaning the cancer is often at a more advanced stage when found.
“One out of six African American males will be diagnosed with prostate or colorectal cancer. We can change these numbers for the better with the community’s help. Please help us spread the word by encouraging those you know to participate,” said Sean Dogan, Director of Community Health for Bon Secours St. Francis.
The Bon Secours African American Clergy G.A.C.E. Initiative will provide free prostate and colorectal screenings via the mobile medical van from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on two separate dates this month:
Tuesday, September 20th Calvary First Baptist Church 11 Tampa Street, Greenville
Thursday, September 29th Greenville Technical College 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
Screenings will be offered to African American males, ages 45 to 69, or those 40 and up if they have a family history of the disease. Prostate screenings typically involve a rectal exam as well as a blood test to check prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
If cancer is detected, a urologist can explain the type of prostate cancer found. Less aggressive cancers may not require treatment, only monitoring. If it’s a more serious form of the disease, various treatment options may be utilized including surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, etc.
Anyone with questions or hoping to make an appointment, can call 864-747-5846. You can also learn more about prostate cancer and the treatment options available at Bon Secours by visiting bonsecours.com.