Free prostate cancer screening offered at Gritman, PRH

MOSCOW – Gritman Medical Center and Pullman Regional Hospital, in collaboration with Palouse Urology, will host free prostate cancer screening clinics from 8 a.m.- noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Palouse Urology offices in Gritman, 700 S. Main St. in Moscow, and Pullman Regional Hospital, 825 SE Bishop Blvd., Suite 101, in Pullman.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States after skin cancer, and it is the third leading cause of cancer death in American men after lung and colon cancers. Men ages 50 and older are encouraged to attend this wellness event to receive a free prostate cancer screening and exam. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome.

Those attending the clinic will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire and provide a simple blood sample, which will be tested for prostate specific antigen (PSA), a common indicator of potential prostate cancer. Attendees can also choose to receive a physical exam to check for possible prostate tumors.

The clinics will be led by board certified urologists Dr. Bryan Smith and Dr. John Keizur of Palouse Urology.

“We are trying to bring awareness to men’s health,” Dr. Smith said. “There’s a lot of focus on women’s health and I think women are usually more receptive and responsive to that. Men are more resistant, so we hope to use the opportunity to focus on prostate cancer but also put out the message that men need to be thinking about their general health. Besides just going to a prostate cancer screening clinic, they should be going to see their primary doctor to check for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, things that are going to cause heart disease and cause more deaths than prostate cancer.”

For additional information on the free prostate cancer screening clinics, contact Palouse Urology at 509-332-3488 or go to www.palousespecialty.com/urology.