According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the U.S., making the disease the most common cancer among American men. To make it easier for men to detect prostate cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat, St. Joseph Hospital is offering a free prostate cancer screening on Monday, Aug. 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the St.Joseph Cancer Center located at 1907 W. Sycamore Street in Kokomo.

The screening is quick; it consists of a physical exam by a physician and a blood test to check PSA (prostate specific antigens) levels.  Highly respected urologist James Harshman, M.D., will conduct the physical exam.  Those who wish to receive the free screening should call 866-UCheck13 (866-824-3251) to schedule an appointment.   

The prostate cancer screening is being offered as part of Check Up 13. St.Vincent Health partnered with Indianapolis-based NBC-TV affiliate WTHR Channel 13 on the innovative program two years ago. On the 13th of every month, Check Up 13 presents information on a timely health topic, with the goal of helping Indiana residents get more involved in their own health. Anchored by popular health reporter Anne Marie Tiernon, each segment looks at health issues and health care options impacting people living in Central Indiana.  

"Check Up 13 is a wonderful opportunity to provide important health information and screenings to our community,” noted St.Joseph Hospital CEO Kathy Young.  “This summer we’ve offered free skin cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings and vascular screenings.  With the economy continuing to struggle, we’re pleased to offer this free prostate cancer screening in August.” 

Screenings are by appointment only. Appointments can be made by making a free call to 866-824-3251.