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Palmetto Health Recognizes September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
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.

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