Highlands Health System holds prostate screening clinic

By Jack Latta

October 4, 2013

PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Health System held their annual Prostate Screening at the Highlands Cancer Center. The screening included a PSA blood test and a physician examination. Several physicians and a physician assistant volunteered their time, including Dr. Brett Akers and Krista Welch, PA-C of Highlands Urology Specialists, as well as Dr. Jeremy Parsons of Harold Primary Care.

Men from across the area attended the screening to have their prostate cancer risk evaluated. While undergoing assessment, patients learned about this particular type of cancer. Since prostate cancer is a disease that approaches silently, early detection is essential to treatment. While it remains one of the most treatable forms of cancer, general health guidelines recommend that men ages 50 and older should undergo an annual prostate exam. High-risk groups, including those who have a family history of prostate cancer, should begin annual screenings at age 40.

Highlands Health System encourages screenings for early detection of prostate cancer. For information on other free screenings call (606) 886-7468 or visit www.HRMC.org