Free Prostate Checks Tonight at Parkview Field

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

August 10, 2011 Updated Aug 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Parkview Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, in partnership with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, is hosting free PSA prostate cancer screenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. tonight at Parkview Field.

The first round of screenings was held today from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. with dozens of men showing up for the free screenings. Approximately 300-350 men from the Northeast Indiana area are expected to come throughout the day.

Nurses and volunteers will be stationed in the Lincoln Financial Group Event Center, under the scoreboard, for simple PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood tests. The test detects potential problems in the prostate gland by measuring PSA levels.

Beginning at age 40, men are encouraged to begin prostate exams. Prostate cancer is the second most prevalent cancer in men with one in every six men diagnosed. One in 34 dies from prostate cancer each year, amounting to close to 34,000 deaths each year.

If detected early, the cancer is treatable and curable.

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