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Prostate cancer screenings set for Sept. 19

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will host free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 19 in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Screenings will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the hospital, 500 Remington Blvd. in Bolingbrook. While the screenings are free, they are by appointment only. Anyone interested in a screening can make an appointment by calling (630) 856-7525.

Prostate cancer screenings are recommended for all men ages 55 and over, or younger if your family has a history of prostate cancer. African American men are also encouraged to receive a screening sooner.

The Sept. 19 screening includes a prostate-specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal exam.

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among men, after skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer.

About 238,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2013, and about 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer. One man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over their lifetimes.

However, prostate cancer is often treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2 million men nationwide are considered prostate cancer survivors.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354.




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