Free prostate cancer screening Thursday sponsored by Yale New Haven Hospital

NEW HAVEN >> Free prostate cancer screening will be offered from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Orchard Medical Building at Yale New Haven Hospital’s St. Raphael Campus.

The screening includes a prostate examination and blood test for prostate-specific antigen. It is sponsored by the Department of Urology at Yale New Haven Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

The screening is especially intended for men age 55 to 69, men age 40 and over with a family history of prostate cancer in a father or brother and African-American men age 40 and over, according to a press release.

“Screenings are essential for the early detection of potential clinically significant prostate cancers,” said Dr. Thomas Martin, urologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, in the release. “In keeping with recommendations of the American Urological Association, we believe that all men between the ages of 55 and 69 should be offered screening. Those who are at the highest risk for the disease — African Americans and those with a family history of prostate cancer — should begin even earlier, at age 40.”

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

The screening will be held at 330 Orchard St., Suite 164. The screening is free, but appointments are encouraged. Call 888-700-6543 or choose a time online at Scroll down to Sept. 14.

“Our hope is that the screening event will reach the men in the community who are at the highest risk and will provide a forum to educate men about the factors they can control to reduce risk such as diet and exercise,” Martin said in the release.