Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Nears

August 25, 2004--Posted 5:00 pm CDT

Pocahontas,AR--Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men to develop, but it is also one of the most treatable as well.  Physicians say that is why it is important for men over the age of forty to get yearly prostate screenings.  They say time does matter when it comes to the cancer.  “It is very important to be screened,” Dr. Joseph Kueter says, “the earlier we can treat it the more cure aids we can offer.”

Early treatment may have saved Raul Blasini’s life.  Seven years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Now he works to make sure people in Pocahontas and across Region 8 are screened.

The prostate is a reproductive organ about the size and shape of a chestnut which lies right below the bladder.  Unfortunately there are no side effects or symptoms to know if you have the cancer.  The best way to find out is by taking a simple blood test.  Once you take the test your physician can then talk to you about the best course of action to take.  People who eat a high fat diet are more likely to get the disease.  Minorities also seem at greater risk.

September is prostate cancer month, and once again KAIT is teaming up with St. Bernards Medical Center to provide free screenings to the public.  The screenings will last all day long.