By Portia Williams
Bon Secours Kentucky Health System will host a free health expo for men, Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the third floor of Bellefonte Centre at 1000 Ashland Drive, at Bellefonte Urological Associates on the campus of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) in Russell. Ky.
Angela Wells-Coburn, Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, OLBH director of marketing and communications, said they want to encourage overall checkups for men.
“This is our third annual, and we are having this in September because it is national Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, but we combine that, and encourage me to get checked all the way around, whether it is cholesterol, glucose, even a skin cancer screening as often as men can get checked we encourage it,” Wells-Coburn said.
The third annual OLBH Men’s Health Expo features free health screenings, including prostate screenings, skin cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, glucose tests, blood pressure checks, and PSA bloodwork.
According to OLBH, 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. 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.
Bellefonte Urological Associates is the practice of OLBH urologist Brian DeFade, D.O.For more information on the Sept. 23 health expo for men, call the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273).
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