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M. D. Anderson Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

M. D. Anderson Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
M. D. Anderson News Release 08/14/01

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is looking for a few good men - 2,200 to be exact - to take advantage of free prostate cancer exams in September.

Last year, M. D. Anderson screened a record 2,000 Houston men, but with more than 3,000 estimated to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in Houston during 2001, M. D. Anderson has increased its resources to provide at least 2,200 free exams. 

"Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among men in the United States and the chances of being diagnosed with it increases with age," said Dr. Richard Babaian, professor of urology and director of M. D. Anderson’s Prostate Cancer Detection Clinic.  "As our Houston population grows and gets older, we felt that dedicating more resources to this program was vital."
 
M. D. Anderson will offer the free prostate cancer screenings as a part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month on:  Wednesday, Sept. 19 (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.); Thursday, Sept. 20 (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.); and Saturday, Sept. 22 (7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.). To schedule an appointment, call (713) 792-8924.

The most common early detection methods for prostate cancer are the digital rectal examination and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test - both of which will be done at the M. D. Anderson screening.  Thanks to the expanded use of these screenings, prostate cancer is being diagnosed in earlier stages when treatment is most effective, Dr. Babaian said.
 
Those eligible for the free prostate cancer screenings at M. D. Anderson are men age 50 - 70 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.  African American men or men with a family history of prostate cancer should be screened beginning at age 45.

The screenings will take place in the Cancer Prevention Center on the sixth floor of
M. D. Anderson’s Charles A. LeMaistre Clinic Building.  Participants may park in the Texas Medical Center’s Garage 10 located at John Freeman St. and Holcombe Blvd.

08/14/01


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