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Published September 23, 2012, 09:14 PM

Free screenings are being offered for prostate cancer awareness month

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- September is prostate cancer awareness month and Cancer Center of North Dakota along with Sanford Health is being proactive and offering free screenings.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- September is prostate cancer awareness month and Cancer Center of North Dakota along with Sanford Health is being proactive and offering free screenings.

Cancer Center of North Dakota and Sanford Laboratory services are offering free prostate cancer screenings making it hard to find excuse to not get checked.

Dr. William Noyes/Radiation Oncologist: "If you are having any type of symptoms and you are wondering or it's in the back of your mind wondering, now is an excellent time to get it checked."

Other than skin cancer, Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer making early detection essential.

Dr. William Noyes/Radiation Oncologist: "We want to catch prostate cancer before they become symptomatic."

Early prostate cancer often causes no symptoms but it's even more important to schedule a screening if you are experiencing any of the following.

Dr. William Noyes/Radiation Oncologist: "Urinary frequency, hesitancy, diminished flow, getting up several times at night."

If caught early prostate cancer has a 90% cure rate therefore it is recommended that men over the age of 50 or who have a family history of prostate cancer should get annual prostate exam.

Dr. William Noyes/Radiation Oncologist: "We always encourage people to think healthy, be healthy and being proactive by going through screenings is always a good thing."

The screenings will be offered Thursday from 1 to 5pm. To schedule your screening call Cancer Center of North Dakota at 701.787.5800.

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