Mar 10 2015

Mercer Health will offer free prostate screenings on Wednesday, April 15th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Community Medical Center in Celina.  The screenings will be conducted in cooperation with local urologist Dr. T. Amaran.

Medical professionals state men age 40 and older are at risk for prostate cancer with the risk increasing as men age.  Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk for developing the disease and should begin getting checked at age 35. According to Renee Kinney, R.N., Director of Community Services at Mercer Health, cancer continues to afflict the Mercer County area at a higher rate than state and national averages. 

The Prostate Cancer screening includes a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) that will be done by Dr. Amaran.  Also included in the blood test is a total cholesterol and testosterone level screening, as many factors play into overall health awareness and a man’s overall risk of prostate cancer.

For more information about the screening or to register call 419-586-1220. A limited number of openings are available. Men with a family history of Prostate Cancer and those between the ages of 40 to 75 will be given priority.