Schneck offering prostate cancer screenings


The Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour will conduct prostate cancer screening tests from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26.

You must have a scheduled appointment to participate in the screening.

Prostate cancer strikes 1 in 7 American men and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, according to a news release from Schneck Medical Center.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 180,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be reported in the United States this year.

There is good news. If the cancer is found before it has spread outside the prostate, the five-year relative survival rate is almost 100 percent. If the cancer has spread to tissues near the prostate, the survival rate also is nearly 100 percent. Thus, early detection is critical.

A man will be eligible for an early detection screening test, which includes prostate specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal examination, if he is between 55 and 70 years of age and has not had a PSA blood test or DRE within the past 12 months.

“We want to encourage men in our communities to take advantage of this screening,” said Sally Acton, director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services at Schneck.

The screening is for men who do not regularly have prostate exams and are not intended to be a replacement or substitution for regular visits to a physician.

The cost for the PSA is $26, payable by cash or check at the time of the test.

To schedule a screening, call the cancer center at 812-522-0477 and leave your name and phone number.

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