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Free prostate cancer screenings offered Sept. 13

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BATON ROUGE - With September designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is holding its annual barbershop screening event to increase awareness and promote early detection of the disease.

The cancer center encourages men to take advantage of the free screenings which will be available at Webb's Barber Shop, located at 414 Eddie Robinson Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The screenings are for men age 50 and older who do not have a doctor or have not been screened in the past 12 months. Those at higher risk for the disease such as African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should consider being screened starting at age 45. The prostate cancer screening is performed by a doctor and includes a PSA blood test and physical exam.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana and early detection screening remains the best way to catch cancer and beat it.

For information about additional upcoming cancer screenings, call (225) 215-1234 or visit the Mary Bird Perkins prostate cancer website.

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