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Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men. The risk of developing prostate cancer is highest in blacks, lower in whites and lowest in American Indians and Asians. Most men with prostate cancer are over the age of 65. Having a close relative with prostate cancer increases one’ s risk of developing prostate cancer. Although obesity does not increase prostate cancer risk, obese men who develop prostate cancer are more likely to die from it.

Testing for prostate cancer antigen (PSA) in tandem with palpation of the prostate allows physicians to identify men who are at high risk for prostate cancer. Some men with an elevated PSA or an abnormal prostate exam have prostate cancer that has already become incurable by the time it is found. Other men who undergo screening for prostate cancer have cancer cells that are incapable of spreading to other parts of the body. In either case, screening for prostate cancer would not be beneficial. For this reason experts recommend that men consult with a physician before pursuing screening tests for prostate cancer.


The leaves are changing colors and temperatures are dropping. One thing that remains the same is the constant need for blood. The American Red Cross asks donors to “Give Something That Means Something” for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or tickets to your favorite concert or sporting event.

The “Give Something That Means Something” promotion, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, gives each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross a chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card.


At the upcoming Sept. 25 Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be cardiovascular disease with Dr. Kit Helm as the guest speaker.

Cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and is also a major cause of disability.


The MedWest-Harris & Swain Foundation announces the upcoming 14th Annual Smoky Streak, to be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Webster Baptist Church.

This yearly event, which includes a walk, 5K, and 10K, is supported by local businesses and individuals and is held to raise funds for early breast cancer detection. The funds raised also provide mammograms for underserved women in our community, and last year’s contributions helped provide early detection and follow- up procedures for over 90 local women.


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