CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – This year more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with new cases of prostate cancer and more than 33,000 men will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.
“Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men in the United States,” said Dr. Raj Pruthi, Chief of Urology at UNC Hospitals and a member of the .
“But prostate cancer is treatable if diagnosed early,” Dr. Pruthi said. “A simple prostate exam and PSA blood screening can lead to early detection and treatment. It’s important to know your score.”
UNC Health Care is offering free prostate cancer screenings from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22.
“This free screening is the first step in identifying and defeating prostate cancer,” Dr. Pruthi said.
The screenings will take place in the Urology Clinic on the second floor of N.C. Memorial Hospital at 101 Manning Drive on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Men who are 40 years old or older, or who have a family history of prostate cancer, may make an appointment in advance by calling 919-966-1316. They may also walk in without an appointment on either day. Free parking will be provided for men who are screened.