Free prostate screenings next week in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is holding its annual barbershop screening to increase awareness and promote early detection of the disease.

WBRZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1qY1BAA ) health experts are encouraging men to take advantage of the free screening, including an exam and PSA blood tests, at Webb's Barber Shop on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The screenings are for men 50 and older who don't have a doctor or haven't been screened in the past year. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should consider screenings starting at age 45.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana.

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Information from: WBRZ-TV, http://www.wbrz.com

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