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Prostate health education, free screenings throughout September


Prostate is one of the most common cancers diagnosed and the fifth leading cause of death for men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer is about 16 percent, and that risk increases with age, according to the CDC.

September is national Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

The decision to be screened for prostate cancer is a complex one, which includes consideration of age, risk factors and overall health, said King’s Daughters Medical Center Urologist Timothy Dixon, M.D. Guidelines typically call for men to start prostate screenings at age 50, he noted.

For men at high risk, screenings should start earlier, Dixon said, adding that men who’ve reached the mid 70s and older may no longer benefit from the screening. “That’s why it’s really important for men to talk to their doctor about what is right for them, understand the pros and cons of screening and develop a game plan for prostate health,” he said.

To further the cause of prostate cancer awareness and prostate health, King’s Daughters is once again offering free prostate cancer screenings and prostate health education during September. Unless otherwise noted, the events begin at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 11: King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 6276 State Route 7, Proctorville, Ohio. Urologist Sonia Chopra, M.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 12: King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 391 W. Tom T. Hall Blvd., Olive Hill. Urologist William Boykin, M.D.

Friday, Sept. 14

• King’s Daughters Family Care Center, State Routes 7 & 32, near the Laurel Gorge Inn, Sandy Hook. Urologist Charles Thorndyke, M.D.

• King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 4004 Louisa Road, Catlettsburg. Urologist Sonia Chopra, M.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

• Third floor, King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 2001 Scioto Trail, Portsmouth, Ohio. Urologist Christopher Schmidt, D.O.

• King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 10650 U.S. 60, Cannonsburg. Urologist Timothy Dixon, M.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Tri-State Regional Cancer Center, 706 23rd St., Ashland, Ky. Beginning at 8 a.m. with radiation oncologists Terry Justice, M.D., and Jeffrey Lopez, M.D.

Friday, Sept. 28: King’s Daughters Medical Specialties – Urology, 336 29th St., Ashland, Ky. Beginning at 8 a.m. with urologists William Boykin, M.D., Sonia Chopra, M.D., Timothy Dixon, M.D., James Krick, D.O., Charles Thorndyke, M.D., and physician assistants Lindsay Dillon, Carol Leatherman, Janda Morgan, Leslie Nichols and Elizabeth Smith.

The screening includes a free PSA blood test and digital rectal exam. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

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