ALTON — OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence, in partnership with The 100 Black Men of Alton, is offering free prostate screenings from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, and Thursday, May 19, at the Radiation Oncology Department at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 E. Fifth St.; and Saturday, May 7, at Alton Acres Community Center, 316 Acorn St., with appointments beginning at 10 a.m.
The screenings include PSA blood tests at no cost, as well as digital rectal exams by Dr. James Piephoff, board-certified radiation oncologist.
Screenings are designed for men 50 and older who have not been previously screened for prostate cancer. Men at high risk for prostate cancer, including African-American 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 the age of 45.
All screenings are by appointment and space is limited. To schedule an appointment for a prostate screening, call (618) 465-2264.
Area residents can take advantage of free skin cancer screenings performed by local plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Noor Ahmed on Wednesday, April 27, in the Cancer Center of Excellence/Radiation Oncology at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital.
Appointments between 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. can be scheduled 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 cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are found in United States each year.
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.