Genesee County Cancer Connection offers free prostate cancer screenings

— During September — National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — the Genesee County Cancer Connection will sponsor free prostate cancer screenings for men.

Screenings will take place from 6-7 p.m. on these days:

• Sept. 14 and Sept. 29, Great Lakes Cancer Institute – McLaren, 4100 Beecher Rd., Flint.

• Sept. 16 and Sept. 21, Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington Ave., Flint

Screenings are conducted on a walkin basis only. No appointments are accepted.

Those eligible for the free screenings include:

• Men age 50 and older • African American men

• Men with a family history of prostate cancer who are 40 and older

• Men who have not been diagnosed with prostate cancer and/or are not presently under the care of a urologist

• Screenings, conducted by a physician, will include a digital rectal examination and a blood draw sample for a PSA test.

In Genesee County, prostate cancer is one of the top three leading causes of

cancer. In fact, prostate cancer rates are higher in this county than in

Michigan and the US. Rates are much higher in African American men. Early

detection and education is essential to help prevent and fight this disease.

For more information on the prostate cancer screenings, call Dave Schreiber,

Genesee County Cancer Connection coordinator, at 810-766-8898.

The Genesee County Cancer Connection also will conduct free breast cancer

screenings in October. For dates, times and location of these screenings, call

the cancer connection at 810-766- 8898.

The Genesee County Cancer Connection is comprised of Genesys Health System, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center and other community organizations who work together to conduct cancer screenings, research and educational programs to help fight cancer. — G.G.

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