Bridgeport Hospital hosts prostate cancer screenings
In observance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Bridgeport and Yale Cancer Center will offer free prostate screenings 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the MedEase ambulatory medicine unit at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St.
Screenings will be conducted by Bridgeport Hospital, Northeast Medical Group and Yale Medicine urologists and consist of a prostate-specific antigen blood test and digital rectal exam. Each screening will take about 15 minutes. To register, call 888-357-2396. Walk-ins are welcome. Free parking is available.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully.
Men at risk for prostate cancer include those between the ages of 55 and 69. African-American men over 40 and those over 40 with a family history of the disease are at increased risk. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease. The risk is higher for men who have a brother with the disease than for those who have a father with it.