(August 3, 2011) –
Registration for the free annual prostate screening offered by the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and Southeastern Urological Center is now open.
The screenings will take place this year on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Southeastern Urological Center located at 2000 Centre Point Blvd. in Tallahassee. Men who wish to participate must pre-register, as there are only a limited number of appointments available. Appointments can be made online 24/7 at www.tmh.org, or by calling the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center at 850-431-ICAN (4226).
The exam, which takes about 15 minutes, consists of a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which are considered to be the most effective procedures for detecting prostate cancer at an early and potentially curable stage.
Prostate cancer is usually found in men age 65 and older, although urologists have diagnosed prostate cancer in men as young as 40. Because there are often no early warning signs, it is recommended that every man over age 50 be examined annually for signs of prostate cancer. African American men and men who have had a father or brother with the disease should be screened beginning at age 40.