Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute to Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screening
In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness month, Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute will offer free prostate cancer screenings for men at several Upstate locations in September.
Free Prostate Screening Schedule
- Sept. 16 and 17; 5-7 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center, Spartanburg (101 East Wood Street, Spartanburg)
- Sept. 23; 5-7 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center-Pelham (2755 South Highway 14, Greer)
- Sept. 30; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center-Gaffney (724 Hyatt Street, Gaffney)
Eligibility for the Free Screening
- 50-75 years of age
- or African-American and 40-75 years of age
- or have history of prostate cancer in the family (father, brother, or son had prostate cancer before age 65)
Screenings are free of charge but registration is required. Register by calling 864-560-7999.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, other than non-melanoma skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. African-American men have a higher incidence rate and at least twice the mortality rate compared with men of other racial/ethnic groups.
With increased public awareness, early detection is on the rise and mortality rates are declining. Additionally, new advances in medical technology are enabling cancer patients to go on living active and productive lives after treatment.
When prostate cancer is found, many treatment options exist. Patients teaming with their doctor to watch the cancer closely for growth, radiation therapy, surgery and hormone therapy are possibilities every patient should discuss with a trusted physician. Patients at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute are being offered new treatments like prostate surgery with the da Vinci robot and prostate brachytherapy, a type of focused radiation therapy. They also benefit from personalized cancer care which features treatments that are tailored to the individual characteristics of each patient.
The Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute encourages men to seek council with their personal physician regarding prostate cancer risk and screening, in accordance with the American Cancer Society’s position.
In addition to regular screenings such as those held routinely at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, men can take proactive steps to limit their risks of developing prostate cancer including:
· Maintaining a healthy diet by eating more fish and limiting consumption of red meat and dairy products
· Limiting calcium intake to no more than 1,500 mg of calcium a day
· Avoiding tobacco
· Limiting alcohol to no more than one drink per day
· Avoiding over-supplementation with megavitamins
For more information about prostate cancer, please call the Cancer Learning Center at 864-560-6747 or visitgibbscancercenter.com.