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Published on September 13, 2012

Walk-Ins Welcome at Sept. 17 Prostate Cancer Screening

The best way to beat prostate cancer is by detecting it in its earliest stage, and the only way to detect it early is through screening. If you’re a man over the age of 40, you should be screened for prostate cancer. More than 30,000 men die from it every year — unless you do something to make a difference.

A special Prostate Cancer Screening offered by Avera St. Luke’s Hospital will be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Avera Medical Group Urology Aberdeen, the office of Dr. Paul Eckrich, in Suite E105 of Physicians Plaza, 201 S. Lloyd St. Only males age 40 and older with no previous history of prostate cancer are eligible for this special $25 screening.

You can make an appointment by calling (605) 622-5556 betweeen 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Walk-ins are also welcome. This screening is offered as a community service and is not billable to either Medicare or private insurance.

The screening will consist of a physical prostate exam and a blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) and only takes a few minutes. A nurse consultation and educational materials will be available. The combination of the exam and the PSA test is the most effective method of detecting prostate cancer at an early and potentially curable stage.

One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Prostate cancer is more common than any other major cancer — every three minutes, an American man finds out he has prostate cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Education Council. The five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent when detected early.