Get checked

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Septem­ber is Prostate Can­cer Aware­ness Month. We would like to com­mend the New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter for pro­vid­ing an easy, low-cost test for prostate can­cer.

Prostate Can­cer is the most com­mon form of can­cer found in men other than skin can­cer. This can­cer is a dev­as­tat­ing killer if left unchecked. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, there were 18,632 re­ports of new cases of prostate can­cer in the United States this past year; ap­prox­i­mately 28,660 men will die this year be­cause of this dis­ease.

It is rec­om­mended that men 45 and older be tested ev­ery year, es­pe­cially if there has been a his­tory of this can­cer in their fam­ily.

To­day, a sim­ple blood test can de­tect this can­cer. For only $15 you can stop by the Knox Sur­gi­cal Cen­ter lo­cated at 5126 Hospi­tal Drive and have this shot given. You may want to check with your doc­tor first.

We urge you if you are age 45 or older please take a fewmin­utes to have a prostate exam; we don’t want any of you to be a statis­tic.

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