Free prostate cancer screenings in Bladen and Robeson Counties

Posted by Debra Worley - email

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A free prostate cancer screening will be offered in Robeson and Bladen Counties beginning August 24.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, but with regular screenings many of these cancers can be detected before they spread.

Risk factors for prostate cancer include getting older, being African American and having a family history of the disease.

The American Cancer Society recommends that most men 50 and older be screened for prostate cancer.  High-risk men, such as African Americans and men with a first-degree relative, such as a father or brother, who had prostate cancer at a younger age, should begin screening even earlier.

Blood draws for testing PSA levels will be held Monday, August 24 through Thursday, September 3 at various health centers and clinics throughout Robeson County as well as at the Southeastern Health Center of Clarkton in Bladen County.

Results of the blood tests will be available and a digital rectal exam performed on scheduled dates in September.

To determine if you or someone you know is eligible for the free screening and to schedule and appointment, call Community Health Services (910) 671-5595.

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