Hospital offers free prostate cancer screenings

Dr. Joseph Cardinale, pictured back center, and Dr. Joyce Chung, pictured far right, of The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, and resident physicians at Griffin Hospital, recently provided 23 free prostate cancer screenings to help encourage men to get checked for the disease.

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby recently provided 23 free prostate cancer screenings to help encourage men to get checked for the disease and to increase men’s health awareness.

This is the second year Griffin has offered these free screenings to the community. Participating physicians included Dr. Joseph Cardinale, of the Center for Cancer Care, and Drs. Grace Biggs and Joseph Camilleri, of Griffin Faculty Practice Urology, and residents at Griffin Hospital. The event was sponsored by the Health Initiative for Men (HiM).

As a result of the screenings, two men were referred for further testing.

“Being screened for prostate cancer is a critical part of men’s health,” said HiM co-founder Frank Michaud. “Prostate cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in men, however it can be successfully treated if caught early. We hope the men who took part in this screening go home and encourage to get tested.”

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men at 50 years old. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should be screened at age 45. Men at a very high risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years) should receive be tested at age 40.

“We’re proud to partner with Griffin Hospital for this important event and encourage men to get their annual check-up to learn more about their overall health and see what screenings they may need to catch potential diseases at a treatable stage,” said HiM co-founder Judy Michaud.

If you or someone you know is due for a prostate cancer screening, contact your physician or call Griffin Faculty Physicians at 1-800-382-0903 or visit griffinfacultyphysicians.org. For more information about men’s health, including a “check-up list” for screenings, visit Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men website, griffinhealth.org/him.

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