Oct. 8, 2004 Men can get a free prostate cancer screening Saturday, Oct. 16, between the hours of 8 a.m.- noon at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. The Cancer Information Service, V.I. Urologic Center Inc., Roy Schneider Hospital, V.I. Department of Health and the American Cancer Society are all working in together to offer this outreach to men of the St Thomas community.
Every year 198,100 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it will claim about 31,500 lives. If prostate cancer is detected early it can be treated effectively, but early prostate cancer has no symptoms, according to the American Cancer Society.
"The success of previous screening events was very encouraging. The men in our community are beginning to realize the importance of being screened," Dr. John Franklin of the VI Urologic Center, said.
The Cancer Information Service and American Cancer Society will have publications and brochures on prostate cancer and other cancer information available to the public.
In addition to the screening, staff and volunteers are needed to assist on the day of the event. Anyone interested in participating should contact Deborah Richardson-Peter with CIS at 277-7421. Donations to support this event are greatly appreciated.
For the past 28 years, the Cancer Information Service has provided the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families, and the public. Call 1-800-4 CANCER or 277-7421 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for more information.
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