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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Palmetto Health encourages men to learn more about their risk for prostate cancer and consider a screening. South Carolina ranks third in the nation in prostate cancer deaths. Risk factors include family history, high-fat diets and low physical activity with an increased risk for African-American men over the age of 40 and any man over the age of 50.
Prostate cancer could be treated and cured if detected early; however, most men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in advanced stages, making the likelihood of a cure much less promising. Throughout September, free prostate health events will be held throughout the community at the following times and locations:
Prostate health awareness lunchtime learning and screenings (free lunch included and registration is required):
• Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Palmetto Health Richland, 5 Medical Park Dr., first-floor auditorium
• Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground-floor auditorium
Barbershop and health screenings (free haircuts for men who participate in the screening and registration is required):
• Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Phat Headz Barber & Beauty, 2205B Decker Blvd., Columbia
• Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kingdom Kutz, 119 Diamond Ln., Columbia
In addition to these events, free prostate cancer and diabetes screenings are available every Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., in the Office of Community Health, basement level. Registration is recommended.
To register for a screening or to request a full list of available screenings in your area, call 803-296-CARE (2273) or 1-800-249-4340.