Free Prostate Screenings Offered at West Chester Hospital on Feb. 9

WEST CHESTER—Jan. 22, 2013— For the fourth consecutive year, West Chester Hospital is offering free prostate screenings for men age 50 and older on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. Today, early detection is the most effective act a person can take, as it aids in the identification of cancer earlier and enables proactive, more effective medical treatment.

“This free annual screening has become an important part of the community outreach program that our hospital offers,” said Kevin Joseph, MD, president and CEO of West Chester Hospital. “As health care providers, it is our job to encourage men to become proactive with their health and to take advantage of potentially life-saving screenings such as the one that we are offering.”

A prostate exam – involving a simple digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test – can detect the early warning signs of cancer. Both the digital rectal exam and blood test will be available at the screening event and both are recommended to ensure accurate results. Prostate exams will be provided by credentialed physicians who specialize in urologic medicine.

The ACS recommends that men should have an annual prostate exam beginning at age 50 unless they fall into a higher risk group, such as African American men, who should begin testing at age 45, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, who should begin receiving annual exams at age 40.

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9 to Noon
WHERE: West Chester Hospital, 7700 University Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069

Reservations for the free prostate screenings are required and space is limited. Men interested in receiving a free prostate screening test should call (513) 298-FAST (3278) by Thursday, February 7, to schedule an appointment. A physician order is not required for this exam.

About West Chester Hospital
West Chester Hospital is a 160-bed, all-private room, hospital located in West Chester, Ohio. Utilizing the very latest in medical technology, and drawing upon the University of Cincinnati’s nearly 200 years of research and medical expertise, West Chester Hospital provides discovery-driven care in a pleasant, healing environment. The hospital is conveniently located and easily accessible from Interstate 75 at Tylersville Road. Services available include an emergency department, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, as well as a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing and treatment amenities. West Chester Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton regions to receive the 2012 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award – ranking the facility above 90% of hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction. For more information about West Chester Hospital, please visit www.UCHealth.com/WestChesterHospital.

About UC Health
UC Health, the University of Cincinnati’s affiliated health system, includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked one of the best hospitals in the region by U.S. News & World Report; West Chester Hospital, one of Cincinnati’s newest hospitals and the recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, ranking it above 90 percent of hospitals nationally for patient satisfaction; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long-term acute care; University of Cincinnati Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest multi-specialty practice group with more than 700 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center; and several institutes focusing on the areas of cancer, the neurosciences, cardiovascular and diabetes. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Garcia, Public Relations & Marketing Manager
513-298-7733
jennifer.garcia@uchealth.com

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