St. Bernards Medical Center will sponsor free prostate cancer screening on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington Ave.
Screenings, designed for men between the ages of 50 and 75, are scheduled for 7 to 11 Wednesday morning.
Information from the National Cancer Institute indicates that one in six men will develop prostate cancer and that it is the second most common cancer among men in the United States.
Cancer of the prostate is primarily a disease of older men and tends to grow more slowly than other types of cancers. A man may have cancerous cells for many years before developing symptoms – or he may never develop symptoms at all.
Factors closely linked to prostate cancer risk include age, family history and ethnicity. Older men – especially those 50 or older – are at higher risk. African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer, followed by whites, Hispanics, Asian-Pacific islanders and native Americans.
Physicians generally suggest men have regular prostate screenings beginning at age 50. Screenings may be suggested at an earlier age for men who have family histories of the disease.