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September 15, 2005

Prostate cancer screenings available

Prostate cancer is a serious health concern for American men, especially for African- American men who are nearly twice as likely to die from this disease as white men. During the next 10 years, the total number of men in the U.S. diagnosed with prostate cancer is expected to increase by 40 percent from approximately 230,000 to 300,000 a year. When detected early, however, prostate cancer is a treatable and survivable disease.

In recognition of September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Pitt’s Department of Urology, in collaboration with US TOO, a prostate cancer support group organization, is offering free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 20 and 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Shadyside Medical Center, 5200 Centre Ave., Suite 209.

Men age 45 and older are eligible. Also eligible are men at high risk (African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer) age 40 and older who are not under the care of a urologist, have not been screened in the past year and who do not have a personal history of prostate cancer.

To schedule a screening appointment, call 412/605-3015.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 38 Issue 2

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