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Published on September 02, 2010

 Mercy offers free prostate cancer screening

Mercy Medical Center, in co-sponsorship with other area healthcare providers, is offering a free prostate cancer screening for men in the community who are uninsured or underserved.  The screening targets men all men 50 years of age and older and men at high risk, including:

  • African American men over 40 years of age
  • Men with a family history of prostate cancer (brother, father)

The screening will include a blood test and a brief prostate exam.  No reservations are needed.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The latest American Cancer Society estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are for 2010:

  • About 217, 730 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
  • About 32,050 men will die of prostate cancer

In addition to Mercy, other sponsors include Iowa Cancer Consortium, First Light Christian Fellowship, Iowa Dept. of Public Health, American Cancer Society, Community Health Free Clinic, physicians at PCI Urology and Weland Laboratories.

Event Details

What:    Free Prostate Cancer Screening

When:   Wed., Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Community Health Free Clinic, 947 14th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

Who:      Men who are uninsured or underserved

               Dinner will be provided following the screening.