Studies show that one in 11 men will develop prostate cancer. For blacks, the chances are even greater: one in nine.
Prostate cancer often develops without warning signs, according experts. Found in its early stages, the most common cancer of American men is highly curable, however, experts say.
As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, Sept. 22-28, three area hospitals are offering free screenings.
Today through Sept. 28, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson will provide 500 free screenings, including a digital rectal examination and a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test. At GBMC, the examinations are open to men ages 50 and over -- who make up the high-risk group.
To schedule an appointment, call 828-GBMC.
At Harbor Hospital Center, formerly South Baltimore General Hospital, screenings will be held in the hospital's outpatient department on Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sept. 26 from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The first 200 participants 40 years or age or older will receive the free PSA blood test and the digital rectal examination. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 347-3472.
The University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore will offer free screenings Sept. 25-26 to men 40 years of age or older. For more information and to make an appointment, call 328-5570.