BEAUFORT, SC - In recognition of September as Prostate Cancer Awarness Month, Beaufort Memorial Hospital will be offering free prostate cancer screenings for men 50 or older in both Beaufort and Bluffton.
The Beaufort event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Keyserling Cancer Center in Port Royal, and Bluffton screenings will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Medical Services in Westbury Park. Both are scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and appointments are required. Call 522-5585 for information and to register.
The free screening will involve two separate tests: a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and a digital rectal examination by one of Beaufort Memorial's board-certified urologists. Neither of these tests on its own is an indicator of prostate cancer, so the combination is recommended to provide the most accurate diagnosis. Drs. Michael Staley and John Adams of Coastal Carolina Urology Group will be conducting the exams.
"In its early stages, prostate cancer does not cause symptoms," said Dr. Staley, who recently joined Beaufort Memorial's medical staff after 13 years in private practice in Asheville, N.C. "That’s why it’s so important for men between the ages of 55 and 69 to be screened on a regular basis. It can alert you to prostate cancer when it’s most treatable."
One man is six will get prostate cancer - the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men - during his lifetime. But if it’s detected early, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent.