HUDSON–This is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Columbia Memorial Hospital will host a free prostate screening Tuesday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in suite 190 of the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation Medical Office Building, 71 Prospect Avenue.
Men interested in receiving a free screening must call 518 822-8741 to schedule an appointment with a Columbia Memorial prostate cancer specialist.
The American Cancer Society reports that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., where each year 29,720 men die from the disease, including 1,770 deaths in New York state.
Men between the ages of 50 to 65 are particularly at risk of developing prostate cancer and are encouraged to be screened for the disease.
Columbia Memorial Hospital Urologist Dr. Daniel Melamed said in the press release announcing the screening that in the earliest stages there may be no symptoms associated with prostate cancer but over time the cancer may mimic symptoms of an enlarged prostate, including urinary retention in advanced cases; others symptoms may include back pain or kidney failure.
“What’s important is to catch prostate cancer as early as possible, ideally before symptoms appear. The best way we have today to do that is through prostate cancer screening,” Dr. Melamed said.
The hospital will screen members of the community, both the insured and uninsured, free of charge. All patients will be notified by mail of their prostate screening results. Patients with abnormal test results also will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, follow up appointments will be available if an elevated PSA result or abnormal finding is detected.
Light refreshments will be served and a $25 gas card will be raffled to those who attend. For more information call 518 822-8741.