WEST CHESTER OHIO – West Chester Hospital is offering free prostate screenings for men aged 50 and older and other men with certain risk factors on Saturday February 25th  from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men according to the American Cancer Society.  However, modern methods of detection and treatment mean that many prostate cancers are now found earlier and can be treated more effectively.

“One of our goals in offering this free event is to encourage all men to be proactive in their health by receiving this potentially life-saving screening,” said Kevin Joseph, MD, president and CEO of West Chester Hospital. “As a member of the West Chester community, we are extremely proud to play an important role in ensuring a healthy future for our neighbors.”

A prostate exam – involving a simple digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test – can detect the early warning signs of cancer. Both the digital rectal exam and blood test will be available at the screening event and both are recommended to ensure accurate results.

The ACS recommends that men should have an annual prostate exam beginning at age 50 unless they fall into a higher risk group, such as African American men, who should begin testing at age 45, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, who should begin receiving  annual exams at age 40.

People in those categories are also eligible for the free screenings.

Reservations for the free prostate screenings are required and space is limited. Men interested in receiving their free prostate screening test should call (513) 298-FAST (3278) by Thursday, February 23, to set up an appointment. A physician order is not required for this exam.

This is the third straight year West Chester Hospital has offered these screenings.