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
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