According to the American Cancer Society approximately one in every six men in America are diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. In recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Marian Cancer Care is offering prostate cancer screenings to all men who do not have health coverage and are between the ages of 50 and 75. (See Flyer)
The free prostate cancer screenings will take place on Saturday, September 29, between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Mission Hope Cancer Center located at 1325 Church Street in Santa Maria. Although the prostate cancer screenings are for men ages 50 to 75, screenings will also be offered to males of 45 years of age if there is a family history of prostate cancer.
“As the second largest cancer killer in men, Marian Cancer Care is proud to offer annual free screenings for males within the Santa Maria Valley who do not have any health coverage or are underinsured,” explains Katherine Guthrie, Regional Director of Cancer Services, Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area. “This is an important opportunity for local men since early detection saves lives and there are 2.5 million men alive today after having been diagnosed.”
Board Certified Physicians Mark Juretic, M.D., and Robert Firestone, M.D., and Physician Assistant Lane Price will conduct these free and simple screenings which include a blood test and digital rectal exam.
Due to space limitations participants must register in advance. To book a free prostate cancer screening, English speaking community members are asked to call (805) 219-4673 (HOPE) and Spanish speaking community members are asked to call (805) 346-3455.