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SoutheasternTimes.com: SeHealth to offer free prostate cancer screenings for those who qualify

Southeastern Health’s 2019 Prostate Wellness Event is offering free prostate cancer screenings to men who qualify between Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Tuesday, Sept. 10. Men who qualify must be 55-69 years old or “at risk” between the ages of 40 and 54. Men who are considered “at risk” are minorities or have a family history of prostate cancer. Patients must also have not had a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in the last year, do not have prostate cancer, and are currently not under the care of a urologist.

Dr. Mike Popovic, a urologist who treats patients at Southeastern Health’s Lumberton Urology Clinic, said screenings are the best way to detect prostate cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage.

“Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of mortality in men,” Dr. Popovic said. “There are no specific symptoms of early prostate cancer, so it may only be detected by elevated PSA. Screening can also pick up other associated problems, such as prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or urinary issues.”

The screening is a two-part process. First, walk-in PSA blood draws are happening at a variety of times at 12 different SeHealth clinics, followed by an exam at one of four SeHealth clinics. Patients must have completed their blood work in advance to participate in the free exam.

The follow-up exam visits will all take place on a walk-in basis at 5:30 p.m. Patients can choose to have their follow-up exam at either Southeastern Medical Clinic North Lumberton on Sept. 17, Southeastern Multi-Specialty and Urgent Care Pembroke on Sept. 19, Southeastern Health Center Clarkton on Sept. 24 or Lumberton Urology Clinic on Sept. 26.

Pre-registration is required by calling (844) 735-8864.

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Amanda L. Crabtree, MPA-HA

Public Relations Coordinator

Southeastern Health

Physical Address: 203 West 29th Street

Mailing Address: PO Box 1408

Lumberton, NC 28359

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