Prostate screen can save lives, just ask Leon Bland
by Alan Reed
Sep 05, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leon Bland celebrates a year of life in remission from prostate cancer after being diagnosed and successfully treated at last year's event.
Leon Bland celebrates a year of life in remission from prostate cancer after being diagnosed and successfully treated at last year's event.
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If anyone has any doubts about the need for a prostate exam, they need to talk to Trigg County resident Leon Bland. “I had never had a high PSA before, and it was not real bad. Dr. Dougherty recommended that I have a biopsy, and I learned that I did have prostate cancer.”

Thanks to that early detection, Bland discovered he had prostate cancer and was able to do something while in its early stages that saved his life.

In a joint effort, Trigg County Hospital, Pennyrile Urology Clinic, Trigg County Senior Center and Kentucky Cancer Program will be providing a free prostate cancer screening to Trigg residents on Tuesday, September 11.

Dr. Jenny Franke, associate of Dr. Ken Dougherty, the doctor who will perform the tests noted the importance of the testing. “It’s important to get a prostate exam because prostate cancer does not respond to traditional chemotherapies like other cancers,” he said. “The key is to detect it when it is confined to the prostate and curable.”

Dr. Franke said that the American Urological Academy recommends all men over age 50 receive annual prostate exams, and that African American men, and those with a family history of prostate cancer receive tests annually above age 40.

Two types of prostate examinations, a Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test and a digital rectal exam will be performed at the screening to maximize the chances of detecting prostate disorders.

Find full details on prostate screening in The Cadiz Record.
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