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Local hospital offers free prostate cancer screenings

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It is the second leading cause of death in men, but an East Texas hospital wants you to stay ahead of it. For the 11th straight year, ETMC is offering free prostate cancer screenings throughout the month of June.

It's a simple blood test, identifying the level of a prostate specific antigen in the blood. Last year, ETMC screened almost 1,700 men and from those tests, 118 came back abnormal.

"When people hear the term cancer, they automatically become afraid of that term," said Dr. Scott Martz, with ETMC Urology. "But, prostate cancer is quite different from other types of cancers. It's very slow growing and very treatable. So, by detecting it early - there's a high chance for cure."

Now, you qualify for the free screenings if you are 50 years or older, if you're 40 or older and African American, or if you're 40 years or older and have a family history of prostate cancer.

The screenings are available at a number of sites throughout East Texas, but you have to set up an appointment first.

For more information, please visit our home page and click on the Big Red Box. There, you'll find the a link titled "ETMC Prostate Screenings".

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