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Miami Valley Hospital Offers Free Screenings During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

DAYTON, Ohio (August 7, 2006) — One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection may be the best defense against the life threatening effects of prostate cancer. If you have concerns about the disease and would like to be examined, Miami Valley Hospital will offer free screenings for men age 50 and older Saturday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Both PSA testing and digital rectal exams will be offered. Appointments are required and can be made by calling CareFinders at 937/208-3463 or toll free at 1-866-608-FIND.

Next to skin cancer, cancer of the prostate is the most common type of cancer among American men. It is estimated that one in every five men will develop the disease in his lifetime. Screenings can provide an opportunity for detection before it spreads and for treatment when it is discovered early.

The largest risk factors associated with prostate cancer are age, race, hormone levels and family history. It is estimated that 75 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over 65. African American men have a higher risk of prostate cancer and may get it at a younger age. It is recommended that African American males and males who have a family history of prostate cancer get their first yearly examination at the age of 40. For those with no family history, age 50 is suggested.