September 4, 2012

Maury Regional offers free prostate cancer screening


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – On Friday, September 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., four physicians from the medical staff of Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will conduct free prostate cancer screenings in the MRMC Cancer Center located in the Columbia Mall at 808 South James Campbell Boulevard.

Conducting the screenings will be Drs. James M. Fitts, Jr., M.D., Stephen H. Heffington, M.D., Anthony D. Khim, M.D. and Justin K. Kropf, M.D., all of whom are urologists on the MRMC medical staff.

It is estimated that one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, other than skin cancer, and the second leading cause of death in males. ACS estimates 240,000 new cases will have been diagnosed this year and 32,000 deaths will be attributed to prostate cancer. Men at increased risk of prostate cancer include those with a family history of the disease, those age 50 and older and African-American men.

MRMC encourages men who do not have a personal physician and who have not been screened for prostate cancer within the past 12 months to attend this free screening at the MRMC Cancer Center. The screening process will consist of a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Appointments are required and only a limited number are available. To schedule an appointment, call 931.380.4044.