Rockland County Department Of Health Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screening
Rockland County Department of Health encourages men to get tested for prostate cancer during a free screening this Saturday, June 16th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Nyack Hospital as part of a Health Fair.
To be eligible for the free test men must:
be a Rockland County resident:
Age 40 - 75 - African-American men or men with family history
Age 50 - 75 - All other males
Have not been screened for prostate cancer within the past year
Have no health insurance or have health insurance that does not cover prostate cancer screening
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men after skin cancer, and African-American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. Men with family histories of the disease are also at greater risk. The risk for prostate cancer increases with age.
"Often, there are no symptoms in the early stages," said Commissioner of Health, Dr. Joan Facelle. "Men are encouraged to talk with their health care provider about when to begin testing for prostate cancer, and which tests are right for them."
The Rockland County Department of Health is providing funding for the screening, as well as for follow-up and treatment for those diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The Rockland County Cancer Institute offers education about cancer prevention and early detection, multi-lingual outreach into the community, referrals to services in the County, and cancer screening programs.