FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — It’s estimated that nearly 6,500 men in Georgia will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
It remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, aside from skin cancer.
To help raise awareness of the disease, Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute is offering a free prostate cancer screening in Forsyth County from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the hospital.
Healthcare professionals will screen adult men for symptoms of prostate cancer and offer free PSA (protein specific antigen) blood tests and digital rectal exams at no charge. Uninsured men ages 40-75, who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer and haven’t had a prostate exam within the past year, are eligible to participate. A limited number of appointments are available for men with insurance. A nurse navigator is available to help arrange follow-up care, if indicated.
As the state’s leader in the fight against prostate cancer, diagnosing and treating more cases of the disease than any other community hospital in Georgia, Northside agrees with guidelines set by the American Urological Association – that the PSA test can provide important information in the diagnosis, pre-treatment staging or risk assessment and monitoring of prostate cancer patients.
However in 2011, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released recommendations discouraging the use of prostate-specific antigen PSA-based screening for prostate cancer, asserting that there is, “moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits.”
Men are encouraged to talk with their healthcare provider to determine if screening for prostate cancer is appropriate for them.
The prostate cancer screening is free to participate, but registration is required. Call 404-845-5555 and press 0 to schedule an appointment. Visit www.northside.com for more information.