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Promoting free prostate cancer screening with Gil Simmons at Gil on the Go

September 12, 2016

The Department of Urology at Yale New Haven Hospital, in conjunction with Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center is offering a free prostate cancer screening consisting of a prostate examination and PSA blood test (to assess risk of prostate cancer) on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The event is being held at the Orchard Medical Building, 330 Orchard Street, Suite 164 at the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus, New Haven.

The screening is intended for men age 55 and over (especially those between 55 and 69), men age 40 and over with a family history of prostate cancer in a first degree relative (a father or brother) and African-American men age 40 and over.

“Screenings are essential for the early detection of potential clinically significant prostate cancers,” said Thomas Martin, MD, an attending urologist at Yale New Haven Hospital and Clinician in Urology at Yale School of Medicine. “In keeping with recommendations of the American Urological Association, we believe that all men between the ages of 55 and 69 should be offered screening. Those who are at the highest risk for the disease – African Americans and those with a family history of prostate cancer -- should begin even earlier, at age 40.”

The screening is being held in September which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. “Our hope is that the screening event will reach the men in the community who are at the highest risk and will provide a forum to educate men about the factors they can control to reduce risk such as diet and exercise,” Martin said.

While free, the screening is available by appointment only. Call 1-888-700-6543 or select an appointment time online at www.ynhh.org/events and scroll down to September 15.

Submitted by Jodi Canapp on September 12, 2016