(WIBW) - With September being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Topeka doctors are offering men free screening for the disease.
The screenings take less than 20 minutes and involve a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam.
The screenings are being offered from 8 am to noon, Saturday, September 17th at the Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center, 1414 SW 8th St., Topeka. Men may call Health Connections at 785-354-5225 to make an appointment.
The clinic is sponsored by the Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center and local urologists.
If prostate cancer is detected early, there can be a high survival rate. However, it is important to remember that many men have no symptoms or warning signs. Screening is one way to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages. One in six men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime but all men experience greater risk as they age.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men have the opportunity to make an informed decision with their health care provider about screening for prostate cancer after receiving information about the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits associated with the screening. This information should be provided to men at age 40 who have a history of prostate cancer in multiple family members before the age of 65; African-American men and men with a first degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before 65 need the information at age 45; and men at average risk should receive the information at age 50. If men have questions about participation in the screening, they should consult with their physician for further information and discussion.