By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader
Prostate cancer awareness month is about being aware and informed. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men in the U.S. Each year more than 29,000 men will die of prostate cancer according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. When diagnosed early the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. For this reason, Methodist Hospitals is offering free prostate screenings Monday, September 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Midlake Campus, 2269 W. 25th Avenue, Gary and Wednesday, September 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, 200 E. 89th Avenue, Merrillville.
Screenings are for men ages 40 to 70, not under the care of a Urologist, who’s last PSA test was performed more than 6 months ago. To register call 1-888-909-3627 or visit MethodistHospitals.org.
An Inflatable Prostate will be on display at the Southlake Campus in Merrillville during the screenings on Wednesday, September 21. The Inflatable Prostate is a giant inflatable standing prostate which provides a visual representation of the progression of Prostate Cancer along with simple and succinct explanations. The Inflatable Prostate is offered as an educational resource by Sanofi Genzyme Oncology US.