ALTON – Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Alton, is offering a series of men’s health screenings. The first screening is set for Thursday, April 24, with appointments beginning at 3 p.m. in the Radiation Oncology department at Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 East Fifth St.
A second screening date is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alton Acres Community Center, 316 Acorn St. An additional screening date at Saint Clare’s Hospital is scheduled for May 29, with appointments starting at 3 p.m.
The screenings include PSA blood tests at no cost, as well as digital rectal exams by Dr. James Piephoff, board-certified radiation oncologist.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men discuss the possible risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening with their doctor before deciding whether to be screened. The discussion about screening should take place starting at age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and expect to live at least 10 more years. It should take place at age 45 for men who are at higher risk, including African-American men and men who have a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer, and at age 40 for men at even higher risk.
All screenings conducted through the Cancer Center of Excellence are by appointment and space is limited. To schedule an appointment for a prostate screening, call 618-465-2264.