It’s something that local doctors said has no early symptoms, and that many men should be checked for.
Hannibal Regional Medical Group will host free prostate cancer screenings on September 26th and 28th at the James E. Cary Cancer Center. Officials said that space is limited so a reservation is required. Dr. Steve Cockrell, Urologist with Hannibal Regional Medical Group said early detection is key in keeping people safe, as many symptoms don’t show up until much later.
"The PSA screenings, the digital rectal exam, it’s all about early detection and awareness," said Dr. Cockrell. "First of all be aware that prostate cancer can happen, another thing that’s probably important is that most men think they need to have an illness, they need to have some symptoms.
Dr. Cockrell said it’s especially important that men over 55, African American men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer get a screening. The screenings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
If you think you need to go in for a screening, call 573-406-1641 to reserve a spot.