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Free prostate screenings offered in Newport News

Riverside Health System will offer free prostate screenings from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Riverside Cancer Care Center on the Peninsula, located at 12100 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News.

Appointments are required to participate in this event and can be made by calling 1-800-520-7006.

Men between the ages of 45 and 72 who have not already been diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer are eligible to be screened.

An estimated one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, and that rate increases to one in six among African-American men.

In many cases, prostate cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms until the disease process is in its later stages. For that reason, annual screening exams are a critical component to diagnosing the disease early.

Patients participating in the free prostate screenings will be required to wear face coverings during their visit and are asked to arrive at their exact appointment time.

Patients will be scree...

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