department offers free prostate and oral cancer screenings
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Prostate cancer is the most
common cancer diagnosed in the men of Logan County. One in six men
will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Early on,
prostate cancer has no symptoms, but it can be detected by testing
the prostate-specific antigen, known as PSA, in the blood and
examining the prostate for bumps or hard areas. When prostate cancer
is treated in its early, localized phase, the five-year survival
rate is nearly 100 percent. These are all compelling reasons for men
to have an annual prostate cancer screening, according to Mark
Hilliard, administrator of the health department.
On Jan. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Logan County Department of Public
Health is hosting a free prostate cancer screening for all men 40-70
years of age who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer and
are not routinely being seen by an urologist. Blood will be drawn
for the PSA level, blood pressures will be checked, and a prostate
exam will be done by a physician. This is a $200 value.
Additionally, oral cancer screening will be offered to both males
and females of any age. There is also no charge for this screening
done by a registered dental hygienist. The five-year survival rate
for oral cancers is only about 50 percent. Critical in preventing
oral cancers is preventing high-risk behaviors that include
cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking; use of smokeless tobacco; and
excessive use of alcohol. Oral cancer today occurs twice as often in
males as in females. This is considerably different from the 5-1
male-to-female ratio of 40 years ago. Increased tobacco use among
women is the main reason for the change in cancer rates compared
with rates in the 1950s. Age is also a factor. Ninety-five percent
of oral cancers occur among individuals over the age of 40, and 60
is the average age at diagnosis, according to Mary Southerlan, a
registered dental hygienist at the health department.
Early detection is key to increasing the survival rate for these
cancers. As an added bonus, free massages will be available from a
licensed massage therapist.
Appointments for the prostate screening are required. Call the
health department to schedule an appointment at 217-735-2317.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department
of Public Health]