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Decatur Memorial Hospital To Hold Free Screenings for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Aug. 31, 2018…Decatur, Ill…Decatur Memorial Hospital will hold free prostate cancer screenings during National Prostate Awareness Month. The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests and Digital Rectal Exams (DRE) will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur at 210 W. McKinley Ave.

No appointment is necessary. Those attending should use the northeast entrance of the building. For more information, call 217-876-4750.

“The current recommendation for prostate cancer screening is for men age 50 and older, but I recommend screening starting at age 40 for African-American men with a family history,” says Urologic Oncologist Thomas Tarter, M.D., Ph.D., Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois.

All men are at risk for prostate cancer. Out of every 100 American men, about 13 will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and about 2 to 3 men will die from prostate cancer. The most common risk factor is age. The older a man is, the greater the chance of getting prostate cancer. Other Prostate cancer risk factors include family history-men whose father and/or brother have had prostate cancer are more likely to develop prostate cancer; ethnicity-the death rate for prostate cancer is nearly two times higher in African American men than in Caucasian men; diet-prostate health may be affected by diet; and obesity-studies have shown that the death rate from prostate cancer increases in obese men.

The screenings are sponsored by the DMH Cancer Care Institute, Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, Carpenters Local 270, and the Central Illinois Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Group.

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,200 dedicated employees, 300 physicians, and is a designated Level II Trauma Center. DMH has been recognized six consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from IBM Watson Health.