IU Simon Cancer Center offers free prostate screenings

INDIANAPOLIS -- Aug. 24, 2007 -- Did you know that every 17 minutes a man dies from prostate cancer?

If diagnosed in the early stages, prostate cancer can be treated. To help men catch it in the early stages, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, is offering free screening examinations for prostate cancer.

The screenings are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Room 340 at the Indiana Cancer Pavilion, 535 Barnhill Drive, located at the corner of Michigan Street and Barnhill Drive.

Men will have a small amount of blood drawn for the PSA (prostatic specific antigen) test, which can detect prostate cancer in its early stages. They will also receive a digital rectal exam (DRE) by urologists who volunteer their time. A PSA test combined with a DRE offers the most effective screening for prostate cancer.

Each screening should take less than 15 minutes.

Screenings are limited to the first 50 men who call 317-274-6988 to schedule an appointment.