September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
(Baton Rouge, La.) Prostate cancer awareness is important during any month but especially during September, the month designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. During September, free prostate cancer screenings are offered to the public in hopes of reaching as many men as possible.
Prostate screenings are for men age 50 and older who do not have a doctor or have not been screened in the past 12 months. Those at higher risk such as African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should consider being screened beginning at age 45. The prostate cancer screening is performed by a doctor and includes a PSA blood test and physical exam. The American Cancer Society recommends discussing prostate screening with a doctor to determine if it is right for you.
The following is a list of free prostate cancer screenings being offered by The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins:
- September, September 5
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 8
Webb’s Barber Shop
414 Eddie Robinson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Friday, September 28
904 South Range Ave.
Denham Springs, LA
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For additional information about these and other upcoming free cancer screenings or to make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or toll-free (888) 616-4687.
The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is the most comprehensive cancer program in the region offering patients the convenience of receiving high-quality, advanced cancer care in one location, close to home. The Cancer Program offers surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and has been accredited by The American College of Surgeons since 1992. This program is a proud participant in the prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).