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Free prostate cancer screenings offered at state fair

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By The Staff

This year, nearly 3,140 men throughout the state of Kentucky will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 11 percent of them will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Despite these grim statistics, there is hope if detected early, making prostate cancer one of the more treatable forms of cancer.

The National Prostate Cancer Coalition will team up with the Kentucky Cancer Program at the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition to provide free prostate cancer screenings during the Kentucky State Fair through Tuesday, Aug. 19. This event is just one of the many stops across the country for the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, an initiative to educate and screen men from coast to coast.

"More lives are being saved every day through early detection," said National Prostate Cancer Coalition CEO Skip Lockwood. "We encourage men across the region to come out and get screened. This 10 minute test could save your life."

The screenings will be offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.

A mobile screening unit with local licensed physicians will conduct a two-part screening procedure, which includes a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test and physical examination. The screenings are conducted in a 39-foot Airstream Land Yacht XL, owned by Thor Industries and designed specifically for prostate cancer screenings. The exams are free.

The National Prostate Cancer Coalition, www.fightprostatecancer.org, sets the standard for rapidly reducing the burden of prostate cancer on American men and their families through awareness, outreach and advocacy.