Griffin Hospital and the Health Initiative for Men (HiM) will host free prostate cancer screenings from 4-6 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 30 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
Prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men at 50 years old. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should be screened at age 45. Men at a very high risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years) should be tested at age 40.
Participants will receive a “Free Play” coupon for the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton and will be entered into a raffle for a Sports Center gift card. The screening is sponsored by HiM, which encourages men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.
“We strongly encourage the men in our community to take advantage of these free screenings,” said Dr. Joseph Camilleri, Urologist, Griffin Faculty Physicians, “As the second-leading cancer killer in men, prostate cancer is a serious disease, but it can be successfully treated if caught at an early stage. This event will be a combination of preventative screening and education, so men know what symptoms to look for and they can share this information with friends, family and neighbors.”
The screening will take 10-15 minutes. Space for the free screenings is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, call 203-732-1280.
About Prostate Cancer
Approximately 1 in 7 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. As with most cancers, early diagnosis is important to improve chances of cure. Screening, although controversial, is important because early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms.
There have been tremendous advances in the treatment of prostate cancer making treatments more effective and causing much less side effects. For further information on your prostate health, contact your physician or call Griffin Faculty Physicians Urologists at (203) 732-2651 or visit griffinfacultyphysicians.org.