RUSSELL, Ky. — Bon Secours Kentucky Health System will host a free health expo for men Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell.
The free screenings will be conducted on the third floor of Bellefonte Centre (1000 Ashland Drive) at Bellefonte Urological Associates on the Russell. campus of OLBH.
Kevin Compton, BSKHS Communications & Advocacy specialist, said they are elated about offering the free screenings.
“The prior men’s health expos have proven to be very popular, which is why we’re excited about our fourth year of offering men the opportunity to take control of their health with these free screenings,” Compton said.
The fourth annual OLBH Men’s Health Expo features free health screenings will include, prostate screenings, skin cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, glucose tests, blood pressure checks, and PSA bloodwork.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in American men. It is second only to lung cancer as the greatest cause of cancer related death for men. One in six men will contract prostate cancer, according to OLBH.
Early prostate cancer has no symptoms, which is why screening is important. Men should start yearly screening for prostate cancer at age 50. Men with one or more high risk factors should start yearly testing at 40 or earlier. Higher risk men include those with a father, brother or other relative who has had prostate cancer, African American men, and veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
Chris Crum, director of Greenup County Health Department, said early detection is paramount.
“This is how healthcare organizations should be leading the way to better health. Preventive medicine and early detection are the keys to reducing healthcare costs and improving life expectancy,” Crum said.
Bellefonte Urological Associates is the practice of OLBH urologist Brian DeFade, D.O. To schedule an appointment for a prostate or skin cancer screening or for more information on the health expo for men, call the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273). For information regarding OLBH and the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, visit BonSecours.com.
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