Southeast Georgia Health System Provides Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
August 26, 2020 – It may surprise you to learn that prostate cancer
is the second leading cause of death in American men, behind only lung
cancer. It doesn’t have to be. With early detection, prostate cancer
is very treatable. In fact, more than 3.1 million men have survived their
diagnosis, thanks to
screenings that led to early intervention.
To improve the health and longevity of our community, Southeast Georgia
Health System will offer free prostate cancer screenings in Brantley,
Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
The early stages of prostate cancer usually show no symptoms, which underscores
the importance of screenings. Eventually, the disease can lead to symptoms
such as frequent urination (especially at night), being unable to urinate,
difficulty starting or stopping urination, weak or interrupted urine flow,
painful or burning urination, erectile dysfunction, painful ejaculation,
blood in urine or semen, and chronic pain or stiffness in the lower back,
hips or upper thighs. Prostate cancer can also numb or weaken the legs
or feet or cause a loss of bladder or bowel control.
The key to defeating prostate cancer is early detection. “Statistics
show that if found and treated early, the relative survival rate for prostate
cancer is quite high. In fact, if the cancer is localized, meaning it
has not spread beyond the prostate, the five-year survival rate is nearly
100 percent. This proves that screenings save lives,” says
David Kranc, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified urologist at
Southeast Georgia Physician Associates–Urology.
The Health System’s free screenings include a prostate-specific antigen
(PSA) blood test. This test detects elevated proteins produced by the
prostate. A physician will review the PSA results to see if additional
tests are needed.
Risk factors for prostate cancer include:
- Being 50 or older
- Being African American
- Family history
- Having the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene
- Having Lynch syndrome, a form of colorectal cancer
- High consumption of calcium (supplements or dietary)
“If cancer is found, there are many treatment options offered at
the Health System, from ‘watchful waiting’ for slow-growing
cancers, to surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or immunotherapy. We also
have CyberKnife, an advanced radiation therapy that directly target cancer
cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue,” says Kranc.
“For patients with localized prostate cancer and who are a surgical
candidate, we use the
da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System which offers patients a number of significant benefits over traditional
open surgery,” explains Kranc. “Survival, continence, and
potency rates have been excellent in those undergoing surgery using the
Men age 40 and older, or those with any risk factors, are encouraged to
participate in the free screening. Test results will be mailed to each
participant. Due to COVID-19, appointments and social distancing are required
to help keep everyone safe. The screening schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4–7 p.m.
Brantley Family Medicine Center, 21300 Hwy. 82, Ste. C, Waynesville
McIntosh Family Medicine Center, 1022 Miller Lane SW, Darien
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 4–7 p.m.
Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus, 2000 Dan Proctor Dr., St. Marys
Thursday, Sept. 10, 4–7 p.m.
Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Care Center, 2500 Starling St., Brunswick
For more information or to make an appointment, call 855-ASK-SGHS (855-275-7447).