QUINCY — As part of its observance of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Blessing Health System is hosting four free prostate cancer screenings. Registration for a screening is required by going online to blessinghealth.org/prostate or calling 1-877-411-2468.
The free screenings will be held:
- Thursday, Sept. 15 in Quincy from 1-5 p.m. in the lower level of the Blessing Cancer Center, radiation oncology suite.
- Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Pittsfield from 8-10 a.m. at Illini Community Hospital in the Casteel Center.
- Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Hannibal from 2-4 p.m. at Hannibal Clinic in the urology suite.
- Thursday, Sept. 29 in Keokuk, Iowa, from 9 a.m.-12 p.mm at Blessing Health Keokuk Clinic, 1414 Main.
Men who are 55 to 69 years old should ask their doctor if prostate cancer screening is right for them. Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed and treated at the Blessing Cancer Center. Mainly older men and African-American men develop prostate cancer. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages. In advanced stages, it may cause frequent urination, a weak urine stream and pain or blood during urination.
Men with any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider. For more information on prostate cancer, go to blessinghealth.org/prostate.
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