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Free Prostate Screenings at OLBH

OLBH will commemorate September’s designation as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with free screenings.

E.W. Unnikrishnan, M.D., will host screenings Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at his office on the OLBH campus.

Brian DeFade, D.O., will host screenings Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in his office on the OLBH campus.

Screening for prostate cancer involves a simple blood test and physical exam. Time needed for testing is brief, with most tests lasting approximately 10 minutes. For an appointment to the free screening, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in American men. It is second only to lung cancer as the greatest cause of cancer related death for men. One in six men will contract prostate cancer. Early prostate cancer has no symptoms, which is why screening is important.  Men should start yearly screening for prostate cancer at age 50. Men with one or more high risk factors should start yearly testing at 40 or earlier. Higher risk men include those with a father, brother or other relative who has had prostate cancer, African American men, and veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Due to prostate screenings, more than 90 percent of prostate cancer cases are found while the cancer is still either local or regional, and nearly 100 percent of these men are still alive five years after being diagnosed because of early detection.

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