Every year thousands of men die needlessly, many of them too embarrassed to have a simple examination that can diagnose Prostate cancer early enough for life-saving treatments. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in men, but with early detection, most men can be treated for prostate cancer successfully.
The West Orange Health Department is offering this program beginning in January to all West Orange men 50 and older and men at high risk 45 years and older who are African American and/or have a close relative (father, brother or son) who had prostate cancer before the age of 65. A $30 fee includes a prostate examination, PSA blood test, blood pressure, urine and weight check. A technician from Medical Laboratories in West Orange will be on-site to draw blood for the PSA testing.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include difficulty urinating, pain while urinating or the need to urinate frequently, especially at night. It is important to note that sometimes there are no symptoms. Speak to one of the nurses at the West Orange Health Center at (973) 325-4136 for more information or to make an appointment.