ALTON — OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center will offer free prostate and skin cancer screenings next week.
OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence will offer a free prostate screening from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Radiation Oncology Department at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 E. 5th St.
The screening includes free PSA blood tests, as well as digital rectal exams by Dr. James Piephoff, board-certified radiation oncologist.
The screening is designed for men age 50 and older who have not been previously screened for prostate cancer. Men at high risk for prostate cancer, including black men or men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age, should begin testing at age 45.
Screenings are by appointment and space is limited. To schedule an appointment for a prostate screening, call (618) 465-2264.
Skin cancer screenings
Residents can take advantage of free skin cancer screenings performed by local plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Noor Ahmed on Wednesday, May 27, in the Cancer Center of Excellence/Radiation Oncology at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital.
Free sunscreen will be distributed to participants at the screening. Appointments are available between 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. by calling (618) 465-2264.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer include:
- Any change on your skin, especially in the size or color of a mole, growth, or spot, or a new growth (even if it has no color).
- Scaliness, oozing, bleeding or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule.
- The spread of pigmentation (color) beyond its border, such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark.
- A change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness or pain.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, with more than 2 million annual U.S. cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer.
For basal cell or squamous cell cancers, a cure is highly likely if detected and treated early. Melanoma, even though it can spread to other body parts quickly, is also highly curable if detected early and treated properly.
People who have had any type of skin cancer should take special care to check for new skin cancers, but screening recommendations for other types of cancer are the same as those for the general population.