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Friday, May 13, 2011

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Offered by St. Vincent's Medical Center

BRIDGEPORT -  Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered by St. Vincent's SWIM Prostate Cancer Institute 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 15 at  Family Health Center, 762 Lindley St.

APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, Call 203-576-6158         


The free program is open to all men age 50 and over and to those age 40 and over whom are at higher risk for prostate cancer due to family history or are of African-American decent. 

Screenings are for uninsured men with limited access to a primary care doctor.  Does not include men currently seeing a urologist or who have been screened within the past year.  St. Vincent's offers the free screenings in an effort to detect cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. The screening program is made possible through funding from St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound, a charitable organization run by St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation.


Each screening will include a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam performed by urologists on active staff at St. Vincent's. Symptoms of prostate cancer may include weak or interrupted flow of urine, inability to urinate, frequent urination, burning, bloody urine, or pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs.


Cancer of the prostate is the most common type of cancer among American men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among this group. It is estimated that one out of every ten American men will develop prostate cancer before age 85 with 300,000 deaths annually attributed to it.


To schedule an appointment or for more information, call St. Vincent's SWIM Prostate Cancer Institute at 203/576-6158. Appointments are limited.


St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable, grass roots organization run by St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation.


Editor's note: All information in thos post was contributed. It is very lightly edited.

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