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September 12, 2011

Free Prostate Cancer Screening Set September 29

The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL) will provide free prostate cancer screenings from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 at Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St., Springfield.

Appointments for the screening event, which includes a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam by a physician, can be made by calling 217-545-7390. Free blood pressure checks and oral screenings will also be available.

The event is open to men between the ages of 40 and 70 who are not under the routine care of an urologist, who have no history of prostate cancer, and no history of a radical prostatectomy.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer for men in Illinois according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer is first.
In Illinois, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in almost all racial and ethnic groups. While rates declined in Illinois from 2002 to 2005, African-American men in Illinois face incidence rates that are 49 percent higher than those for white men and 85 percent higher than Hispanic men, according to "Illinois Facts and Figures 2008-2009" published by the American Cancer Society.

RCPIL members include: American Cancer Society, Central Counties Health Centers, Illinois Department of Public Health, Logan County Health Department, Mia Ware Foundation in Jacksonville, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, Sangamon County Department of Public Health, Sangamon County Medical Society, Simons Cancer Institute at SIU, Springfield Urban League, St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, St. Johns' Hospital Cancer Institute, Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Springfield Clinic, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.