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Free prostate cancer screenings at Swedish

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments

This isn’t in our neighborhood, but it’s such an important issue we wanted to get the word out.

Seattle Prostate Institute, an affiliate of Swedish Cancer Institute, is offering free prostate cancer screening tests on Friday, Nov. 20, at 1101 Madison Medical Tower, Suite 1101, on the Swedish/First Hill Campus (on the corner of Boren and Madison).

Prostate screening is recommended for men 50 or older and those with a family history of prostate cancer. This free screening is offered to everyone, including those who are uninsured or underinsured.

Appointments are required for the 15-minute screening, which includes filling out intake and medical history forms, digital rectal exam, and Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test. Men will leave with results and recommendations for follow up.

Multiple Swedish-affiliated urologists have volunteered to biopsy any men whose screening may warrant additional follow up. Processing and interpretation of biopsies will also be provided free-of-charge by CellNetix.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 192,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in this country in 2009. Fortunately, prostate cancer screening has decreased prostate cancer deaths in the United States by 20 percent.

To make an appointment, call 206-215-2480 or e-mail suee@seattleprostate.com.

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