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Free prostate screenings for early cancer detection available in September on Peninsula

Early detection of cancer is the best weapon in its successful treatment. Each year, 250,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men.

Several health organizations are offering opportunities for free screenings and education for men and their families in the month of September.

  • On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum, HRPHF, and Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, HUPTI, have joined to present a free 1 mile walk/run at HUPTI, 40 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton. The first 100 men to register for the event will receive free prostate screenings and exams. Recognition will be given to the church or organization with the most participants. Refreshments will be served. To register for the screenings or the walk — women and families are encouraged to participate — call 757-251-6800.
  • On Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., Riverside Cancer Care, Riverside Regional Medical Center, 12100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, is offering its 25th annual prostate screening event.  The event also includes blood pressure check, blood sugar reading, and BMI calculation.  Participating doctors are Richard Rento, Steven Marks and Henry Prillaman. Other health-care providers on site to answer questions include a radiation oncology representative, a registered dietitian, a men’s support group rep, and a physical therapist. Pre-registration to determine eligibility is requested; call 1-800-520-7006.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Southeastern Virginia Health System, 15425-H Warwick Blvd. in Newport News, is offering free PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests and exams. Men must be between 40 and 75 years old and it must have been at least a year since their last PSA. Patients currently under the care of a urologist are not eligible. Call Sentara at 1-800-736-8272 to schedule a screening; additional times and locations available.

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