Free prostate screenings offered Saturday

Published 3:00 am Friday, March 18, 2016

Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham will sponsor free PSA screenings for ages 40 and over Saturday at the Pike County Health Department.

The prostate cancer screenings will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.

Urology Centers of Alabama is partnering with Troy Regional Medical Center for this round of prostate screenings to include glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure checks also at no charge.

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Brundidge native Dr. Michael Bivins, urologist and surgeon with the Urology Centers of Alabama, said early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. “At Urology Centers of Alabama, we offer free prostate cancer screenings in an effort to find those patients so they can be treated and cured,” Bivins said. “Prostate cancer, if detected early, is treatable and most often curable. The number of deaths from prostate cancer is going down. We want that trend to continue.”

Bivins said prostate cancer screenings are highly recommended for all African American men because prostate cancer incidence and death rates are higher than in Caucasians. “Scientists don’t know why the rates are higher in African Americans, but it is widely believed that a combination of genetic differences, lifestyle, nutritional habits and medical care all play a role.”