ALTON — Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence is offering free prostate screenings for men 50 and older who have not previously been screened for prostate cancer on from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Radiation Oncology department at Saint Clare’s Hospital.
The screening includes a PSA blood test, as well as a digital rectal exam by Dr. James Piephoff, 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.