Stony Brook Medicine is offering a free prostate cancer screening program at Stony Brook Urology’s Riverhead office at 74 Commerce Drive on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men. Approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1 in 41 men will die of the disease. As you get older, your risk increases.

Men aged 45-75 years, African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer may benefit from early screenings. In most cases, prostate cancer has no symptoms and is usually detected through a screening.

Early detection offers the best chance for long-term survival, which is why the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test combined with a brief exam (DRE or Digital Rectal Exam) has become a standard in early detection. An abnormality does not necessarily mean cancer but can alert healthcare providers that additional tests, such as a prostate biopsy, may need to be considered. A prostate biopsy showing cancer cells is the only way to definitively diagnose prostate cancer.

Appointments are strongly recommended. Insurance is not required. To make an appointment, call (631) 216-9181.

For more information about Stony Brook Medicine’s Prostate Care Program, visit the prostate care program website.

Correction: A typographical error in the date of this event included in the original headline of this post has been corrected.

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