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Sep 3, 2010 3:41 PM by Carina Corral

Marian Medical Center offers free prostate cancer screenings

One in every six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

" Prostate cancer is very common cancer for men. It's the most common solid organ cancer and it's the second common causing cancer death amongst men," said Dr. Mark Juretic, the medical director and general manager for Marian Community Clinics.

In an effort to combat these frightening statistics, Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria is offering free screenings Saturday, September 11, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the hospital's community clinic on West Bunny Avenue.

The screenings, being held in recognition of September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is for men ages 50 to 80 regardless of health coverage.

Men as young as 45 can also be screened if they have a family history of prostate cancer.

The screenings include a blood test and digital rectal exam.

" The earlier we find cancer the more likely it is we can treat them successfully. Prostate cancer is a little bit of a trickier animal because there's no question if we find it we'd much rather find it early when it's still confined to the prostate gland because once it gets out of the prostate gland it begins to cause symptoms and it's much more problematic to deal with," said Dr. Juretic.

To book a free prostate cancer screening, call Marian Cancer Services at (805) 739-3780.

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