One in six men will develop prostate cancer. Screening provides early detection

Sept. 8, 2009

According to the National Cancer Institute, one in six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men and accounts for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. In Arizona, an average of more than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare at Flagstaff Medical Center is sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening. The screening will be 4:30 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Cancer Center, 1200 N. Beaver St. Screenings are by appointment only and include a PSA blood test and physical examination by an urologist.

Men between the ages of 50-79 years, and/or men over the age of 45 who have a family history of prostate cancer, are recommended to have annual prostate exams. Fortunately, screenings can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing for better treatment options and longer survival rates with early diagnosis. Through early detection and treatment, prostate cancer has a 99-percent cure rate and positive outcomes for long-term survival.

Screenings are provided by William J. Badger, M.D., urologist, and Jason J. Jameson, M.D., urologist. Dr. Badger specializes in urology, and laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery for benign and malignant conditions. Dr. Jameson specializes in adult and pediatric urology, urologic cancers, female urology, laser surgery of prostate and minimally invasive urology.

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare at FMC is devoted to the prevention, early diagnosis and overall improvements in cancer care through advanced technology and individualized care. To schedule a prostate cancer screening appointment, call 928 773-2261.

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