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For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2012

Southcoast Health System offers free prostate screenings on November 15

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System is offering a free prostate cancer screenings in Fall River during the month of November.

The free prostate cancer screening will be conducted by urologist Dennis LaRock, MD, on Thursday, November 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 506 Prospect Street in Fall River. Dr. LaRock is well known urologist who has practiced in Fall River for more than 15 years.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Services are provided based on availability. Call 800-497-1727 to register.

The prostate cancer screening test consist of two parts; the prostate specific antigen test (PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE), both of which take less than five minutes to conduct.

Based on 2009 recommendations from the American Urological Association, men should be offered a baseline DRE and PSA starting at age 40. Although prostate cancer is rare before age 40, the risk increases with age. One in six men in the United States faces a diagnosis of prostate cancer in his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. Both the incidence rate and the death rate from prostate cancer is double among African American men. Researchers are still studying what causes prostate cancer, but men with a close family member (father, brother, or uncle) and those with a high intake of fat in their diets are at a greater risk of getting prostate cancer.

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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876

Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

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